Could there be a more iconic St. Louis garden plant? Maybe it’s because they grow well in a shady city filled with century trees. Or perhaps it’s because hostas manage to be comfortingly familiar yet wildly diverse. This year’s varieties include a rippled yellow variety dubbed “Dancing Queen,” a yellow form of “Blue Mouse Ears” called “Sun Mouse,” and a fun spiky apple-green variety called “Rocket City.”
9 a.m. May 6. Free with garden admission. Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw.
This sale supports the workof the volunteers who tend the garden beds throughout Forest Park. In the winter and early spring, they gather in the city’s greenhouses to plant seedlings and take cuttings. Eventually you’ll see the results of their work blooming around The Muny and the Jewel Box—and, if you mark this plantsale on your calendar, in your own garden.
8 a.m.–2 p.m. May 13. Free.St. Louis City Greenhouse, 5600 Clayton.
Shaw’s botanists travel throughout Missouri, gathering seeds and propagating them in the reserve’s greenhouse. Those seedlings come out in the spring—this year’s varieties include maidenhair fern, Ozark phlox, and “purple eyelashes.” Though it’s the biggest native plant sale around, big doesn’t equate to “endless supply.” Download a plant list from MoBot’s website, then go early.
9 a.m.–4 p.m. May 13. Free.Shaw Nature Reserve.
Cacti and succulents have become increasingly popular of late, but for novices theycan be hard to grow and care for. Learn from experts atthis annual plant show (it’sthe biggest event of its kindin the Midwest), then visitthe sale tables to choose your own specimens from thousands of starters, some foras little as $2.
9 a.m.–5 p.m. July 8 & 9. Free with garden admission. Missouri Botanical Garden.