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Sale plants posted for May 2 Plant Discovery Day

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Written Thursday, April 30, 2009  

Secrest Arboretum’s yearly Plant Discovery Day will be held May 2 at Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio.

Trees, shrubs, herbs and annuals to be sold at the event are viewable online at http://secrest.osu.edu/pageview.asp?id=28 . Plant Discovery Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

The annual program features a plant sale, auctions of plants and nature art, specialty plant vendors, gardening advice, walking tours, a bug zoo, food, and more.

The Web site, at last count, lists more than 300 different plant types for sale. New, underused and hard-to-find kinds are the focus.

Among them:

* Parrot’s Beak lotus, Limelight helichrysum, Persian Shield strobilanthes, Gartenmeister Bonstedt fuchsia and 73 other types of annuals.

* Bronze fennel, African Blue basil, Tuscan Blue rosemary, French Fringed lavender, Hot & Spicy oregano and 75 other herbs.

* White oak, red buckeye, pondcypress, dawn redwood, bloodtwig dogwood, Chinese redbud, Silver King sweetgum, Anne Bidwell summersweet, Autumn Brilliance serviceberry, Blue Muffin arrowwood viburnum and 147 other trees and shrubs.

The sales, auctions and most other activities will be outside Fisher Auditorium.

The walking tours — at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and an early one at 8 a.m. — will go on in the arboretum, which is part of the OARDC campus. Meet at the Seaman Orientation Plaza on Williams Road, 1.7 miles from the Madison Avenue entrance.

Proceeds from the sale and auctions will benefit the 115-acre collection, which is a major site for research on landscape plants.

OARDC is located at 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Call 330-263-3761 or visit http://secrest.osu.edu for more information.


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