Take your pick – or maybe go wild and pick both.

There are two great plant sales coming up – one running Monday through Friday this week and the other running Saturday and Sunday.

COMMUNITY TRANSITION CENTER’S SPRING PLANT SALE

When: Monday April 12th to Friday April 16th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm daily. Where: 6801 SE 60th & Duke St. in Greenhouse #1

This plant sale features an array of perennial, annual and vegetable starts grown using organic methods, at fantastic prices (cash or check only) – for example:

- Canna lilies, chrystanthemum, gal. pot – $3
- Foxglove, oxalis, licorice fern – $1-3
- Daylilies, assorted colors – $2
- Flowers including sweet William, California poppy and phlox plus vege starts including broccoli, kale, lettuce, collards, chard, sorrel,
spinach – 6-pack tray $2

The Community Transition Center is a Portland Public Schools program for young adults focusing on vocational experience and life skills. Students in the program are responsible for starting, caring for, and maintaining the plant stock in the greenhouse. Purchases support the greenhouse program.

For more information, call 503-916-5817 or email sgoforth@pps.k12.or.us

HARDY PLANT SOCIETY OF OREGON SPRING PLANT SALE & GARDEN FESTIVAL
The other plant sale coming up takes place this weekend – it’s the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s wondrous and amazing Spring Plant Sale. Held at the Expo Center (readily accessible by light rail), this Queen of Oregon’s Spring Plant Sales runs from 10 am to 3 pm Saturday April 17 and Sunday April 18. It is the premier gathering of local specialty nurseries from all over Oregon and Western Washington. It’s also a marketplace for locally made garden art. And, this year, there’s a gardening book shop where you can find relevant, regionally-appropriate gardening books – some written by local authors.

If you take light rail, bring some of those fabric grocery bags. You’ll be amazed by how many plants you can fit into those things.

Details of Spring Plant Sale & Garden Festival:
When: April 17 & 18, 2010 from 10 am to 3 pm both days
Where: Portland EXPO Center – Hall C. The Interstate MAX Yellow Line goes right to EXPO. See TriMet web site

No wagons, strollers or carts in the sale – the aisles can be tight. There is a hold area, though, so you don’t have to stagger around loaded down with plants unless you have a particular need to wave your brilliant scores in front of other possibly covetous shoppers.

You can go to the website for a list of vendors at the sale (many, many!) and for a map of the site.

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