Wednesday, April 10, 2013

South Texas Botanical Gardens Big Bloom Mega Plant Sale

We want to let everyone know that the South Texas Botanical Gardens will host their

Big Bloom Mega Plant Sale
with a day full of eco-activities for the whole familly on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9 to 5. 

BIG BLOOM ! Plant Sale
Gardens & Nature Center turns into one BIG BLOOM!
Mega Plant Sale, with day full of eco-activities, is April 13 . . . DOLLAR DAY at the Gardens!

CORPUS CHRISTI--The BIG BLOOM!, South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center’s mega Plant Sale and garden festival, will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13, on Gardens & Nature Center grounds, 8545 S. Staples St. It’s also DOLLAR DAY—visitors may both shop and tour the Botanical Gardens for $1 per person—a great opportunity for truly affordable family fun. Parking is free; and entrance to the BIG BLOOM is through the Rose Garden Pavilion. Members, who may begin shopping at 8 a.m., are admitted free and can enjoy their 10 percent discount on both Botanical Gardens plants and Nature’s Boutique gift shop merchandise. BIG BLOOM activities and Dollar Day are made possible by corporate sponsors Cheniere Energy, CITGO, FLINT HILLS Resources, H-E-B, NuStar Energy, Port Corpus Christi, Jason’s Deli and City of Corpus Christi Solid Waste Services.

An Eye on Water Conservation
Traditional BIG BLOOM activities include the orchid sale, plumeria, lots of bougainvillea and hibiscus, tropicals, perennials and specialty vendors selling lawn, patio, garden décor and nature-related products. But this year, plant shoppers will appreciate seeing a variety of landscape possibilities, with emphasis on Xeriscape and native plants due to our drought-induced water conservation requirements. Nueces Master Gardeners, who help with BIG BLOOM staging, will be on site to answer shoppers’ horticulture questions.  And to give first-time orchid buyers a ‘comfort level,’ Orchid Curator Sam Jones holds ongoing Orchidology classes, at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, as well as the Keeping your Orchid Alive seminar, from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20—just a week after BIG BLOOM.

Flora, Fauna, Eco-Fun!
The popular and educational interactive Butterfly Release is scheduled for noon in the Butterfly House! Beneficial ladybug releases happen in three different gardens. Resident Reptiles shows will be at 11 a.m. and 3 the Eco-Fun Tent. The Companion Bird Club & Rescue Mission’s personally-owned, trained, talkative parrots take over the Bromeliad Conservatory from 1 to 3 p.m. Spark in the Dark plays classic rock, reggae, folk and blues from noon to 3 p.m., also in the Eco-Fun Tent. 
New In the children’s play area is the delightful Tree House which opened in January. The storybook-themed playhouse sits atop an eight-foot-in diameter 400-year-old oak tree trunk, shipped here from San Luis Obispo, California. The Tree House includes a stairway to a high railed deck and tubular slide. At ground-level, kids actually can walk through the trunk, play on a creatively-built set of monkey bars, or try their luck on a ground-level balance beam. Inflatables also will be on site for kids.
For their convenience, shoppers should bring their own plant wagons. Memberships, which include reciprocal privileges at more than 200 other botanical gardens, may be purchased at the event. For vendor, membership, volunteer or other information, call 361-852-2100. 
South Botanical Gardens & Nature Center BIG BLOOM

8 Membership Table Opens
8-9 Members-Only Shopping
9-5 Big Bloom, Orchid Sale, Vendors, Nature’s Boutique, Tree House, Bounce House, Nueces Master Gardeners for Plant Questions
10:30 Lady Bug Release—Sensory Garden
11 Reptile Show—Eco-Fun Tent
12 Butterfly Release—Butterfly House
12-3 Music by Spark in the Dark—Eco-Fun Tent
1-3 Parrots Galor / Companion Bird Club—Bromeliad House
1:30 Lady Bug Release—Hummingbird Garden
3 Reptile Show—Eco-Fun Tent
3:45 Lady Bug Release, Rose Garden
5 BIG BLOOM Closes—go home & plant!

They are located at:

8545 South Staples
Corpus Christi TX. 78413

For more information about the Big Bloom Mega Plant Sale, check out the following website for more details.,_month-out_News_Release_1.pdf

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