APRIL 16, 1999

Check out the UVic plant sale for a blooming good deal

by Patty Pitts

The floor of McKinnon Gym will be transformed into a plant nursery for the annual UVic Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.

The sale is in support of maintenance and acquisitions for UVic's Finnerty Gardens and it offers a wall-to-wall selection of annuals, perennials, trees, hanging baskets, new plant introductions and much more.

Shoppers are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own packing boxes.

The two-acre Finnerty Gardens were established 25 years ago at the southwest corner of campus and contain more varieties of rhododendrons than any other public garden in Canada.

Most of the rhodos were donated to the university by the late Jeanne Simpson and were transferred from her property in Lake Cowichan where many had been imported from Asia or grown from seed, through sources in London, beginning in 1912.

Along with the rhodos, the trails of Finnerty Gardens wind past more than 2,000 other trees, flowering shrubs, bulbs, perennial plants and grasses.

The months of April and May are peak blooming season for the rhodos and a good place to begin a visit is at the garden's main entrance, near the Interfaith Chapel.

Mike McNeney photo

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