Annual ‘Spring Affair’ plant sale is April 28

Spring Affair, the Midwest’s largest gardening event, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28 at the Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N. 84th St. More than 500 different varieties of plants will be offered at the day-long plant sale, with educational talks, “Talk-abouts” and garden vendors all under the same roof.

The theme is “All Hands on Plants.”

Plants offeredd at the sale are selected for regional suitability, uniqueness and demand and are provided by Bluebird Nursery, Inc. of Clarkson, Neb. Gardeners will find perennials, herbs, native plants, temperennials, vines and a variety of trees and shrubs.

Admission to the sale is free. The plant sale, plant talks 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. Parking is available just north of the building.

Plant talks will focus on the plants in Lincoln’s Sunken Garden; on how to choose and use plants in unusual ways for beautiful, edible containers; and learn what it takes to create fairy gardens and wall art from the smallest of plants. Throughout the day, “Talk-about” speakers will wend their way through the plant sale discussing topics ranging from using herbs to composting.

The Spring Affair Preview Party is April 27. Register for the party at

Spring Affair is sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Proceeds from Spring Affair sustain the arboretum’s mission and fund critical programs and services.

For more information or to get a copy of the Spring Affair newsletter, go to or call 402-472-2971.