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A fresh start for Spring Affair planned April 23-24

LINCOLN, Neb. – Spring Affair makes a fresh start at the Lancaster Event Center April 23-24 in Lincoln. The largest volunteer-run plant sale in America, it is an April tradition for plant-lovers from all over the state. It was held at State Fair Park since its beginning in 1987, but the new location at 84th and Havelock offers more room for plants and plant-lovers.

Spring Affair Coordinator Susan Budler says the 2010 event will be bigger and better than ever. The plant sale continues to grow in popularity, along with the growing number of plant selections. With more than 1,000 plant varieties available, Budler says “If there’s a plant you’ve been having trouble finding, this is the place to come.” The plants are selected for regional suitability, uniqueness and for popular demand and are provided by Bluebird Nursery, Inc. of Clarkson, Neb.

The 24th annual Spring Affair plant sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, April 24 at the Lancaster Event Center, 84th and Havelock in Lincoln. Admission to the sale is free. The plant sale is in Pavilion I, on the northeast edge of the Lancaster Event Center, with plenty of parking available north of Pavilion I.

Presenters include:

– Jeff Culbertson of UNL Landscape Services – “The Green Approach to Perennial Maintenance”

– Harlan Hamernik – “A Fresh Start for Gardeners Young & Old”

– Bryan Kinghorn of Kinghorn Gardens in Omaha – “Pots & Possibilities”

Spring Affair Newsletter articles focus on passing on a love for gardening (watch for weekly installments on Facebook) garden design; and some of the best plant Web sites to visit. Vendors of garden art, sculptures, furniture and other items also will be in Pavilion I.

The Spring Affair Preview Party Friday night, April 23 features a menu of brisket and chicken, green beans almondine, loaded mashed potatoes, salad, rolls and dessert bars (reservations required at (402) 202-7888). There will be a silent auction and advanced floral design students will again be creating unique table decor under the guidance of UNL Professor Dave Lambe and Interior Designer Deb Arends.

Spring Affair is sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Botanical Garden and Arboretum and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc. Proceeds help support the educational efforts of the two organizations.

For more information or to get a copy of the newsletter, call (402) 472-2679, visit Spring Affair on Facebook or go to http://springaffair.unl.edu.


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