2017 Spring Affair

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Date: Apr 22
Venue: Lancaster Event Center
Location: 4100 N 84th Street
Ticket Price: Free Admission
Time: 9am-2pm
Phone: (402) 472-2971

Spring Affair, the Midwest’s largest plant sale and gardening event, will be Saturday, April 22 at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 600 different varieties of perennials, herbs, grasses, trees, shrubs and other plants will be available. They are selected for regional suitability, uniqueness, demand and provided by Bluebird Nursery, Inc., of Clarkson, Neb. It is sponsored by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum as an educational tool, fundraising event and to promote regional plants. For plant information and inspiration, the following plant talks will be held. The half hour presentations will be followed by a “walk-about” through the plant sale to highlight recommended plants. 10-10:30. “Tough Plants,” by Mark Canney, Park Planner and Urban Designer for Lincoln Parks and Recreation 11-11:30. “Gardening 101: I’ve got my plants, now what?” by Justin Evertson, Green Infrastructure Coordinator for the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum 12-12:30. “Brighten the Corners of Your Landscape with Container Gardening” by Terri James, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dept. Agronomy & Horticulture, Nebraska Extension Educator Admission to the sale is free. The plant sale; plant talks by noted plants people; educational booths; and vendors of garden art, sculptures, furniture and other items are all under one roof in Pavilion I, on the northeast edge of the Lancaster Event Center. Plenty of parking is available north of the building. For best plant choices, the Spring Affair Preview Party is Friday night, April 21. This is a ticketed event from 6-9 p.m. that gives plant lovers an opportunity to meet friends, enjoy a sit-down meal, live music and a chance to purchase plants with a wine glass in one hand and a basket in the other, before the Saturday sale. Tickets range from $35 for Arboretum members to $46 for non-members. Register for the Preview Party at: For more information, visit