Succulent Savvy

Hunting & Gathering

BY BRITTANY MATTIE SRQ DAILY FRESHLY SQUEEZED CONTENT EVERY MORNING THURSDAY AUG 30, 2018

Plant lovers, succulent addicts and mistresses of cacti unite! All your green thumbs are invited to attend Sarasota Succulent Society’s big Labor (of Love) Day Sale on Monday, September 3, from 9am to 1pm. This is one of the Garden's four main annual sales open to the public. Look forward to a Monday off work and a holiday spent frolicking the flourishing grounds of the hidden botanicals. In between shopping the discounted bargain prices on all the enchanting succulent species, explore the historic 1938 quaint cottage turned clubhouse, open for a brief window of viewing for Labor Day. Inside there will be over 100 Florida Gardening books for sale, donated by Former Society President Joanne E. There'll also be a special outdoor educational program presented by Terri Bates, offered on the west lawn at 11am. Bates' family has been raising caladiums in the Lake Placid area for three generations and will be delivering a highly entertaining presentation covering everything there is to know about the colorful caladium plant. Meander over to the greenhouse which sits on the south side of the grounds—dedicated to a sumptuous amount of potted, hanging and free-flowing succulents up for adoption. Best of luck deciding which babies to take back with you for your homestead terrarium creations. Table-top, wall-mounted and hanging containers from the Palmieri Collection will also be available on Labor Day—many of them fresh new designs from famed sculptress Susan Palmieri.

Volunteers will be on hand as guides to help navigate you through the mysteriously rolling hills of wild and lush greenery the Society calls home. They're also handy as informational sources to the hundreds of rare and exotic succulents from around the world, as well as the unusual cacti, tall spider plants, massive agave plants, juicy aloe leaves, thriving banana trees and flowering huernia—all coexisting in harmony and creating a humbling retreat of natural beauty.

“With the peaceful atmosphere, the reasonable prices of the plants, free admission and the fact that the SSS Garden is open to the public only three hours each week normally," said the Society in its announcement. "This event is a special treat."

The Sarasota Succulent Society is a federally registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All plant sale proceeds are used to support its volunteers and to fund its operations. Purchases are by cash or check only. Donations of plants, pots, volunteer time and funds are welcome at any time.

Sarasota Succulent Society Labor Day Sale, 1310 38th St, Sarasota.

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