Plant Sale - Fall 2023
Fall Plant Sale Information
Join us in the lush gardens of the Hampton-Preston Mansion for the 2023 Fall Plant Sale!
One of two plant sales Historic Columbia holds every year, attendees will be able to purchase and learn about a wide array of plants propagated from the Living Collections across all of our historic sites, from herbaceous plants to woody perennials to evergreens. All of the selections offered are integral to the stories we tell on our sites, and most are rare or not offered elsewhere. Many plants offered sell out quickly. Members get early access on Thursday, so become a member today to gain admission to this exclusive preview sale.
Plant Sale Schedule
Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. (HC Members-Only Early Access) **Jenks Farmer will be there, too! Come meet this author and local plantsman during the members event.
Friday, September 29, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Plants for Sale
Click below for pricing and plant descriptions offered in the 2023 Fall Plant Sale.
Be sure to enter the raffle to win a Araucaria angustifolia Paraná pine.
Araucaria angustifolia is a large tree native to southern Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. As a member of the genus Araucaria, A. angustifolia has an ancient lineage, with evidence of the genus appearing in the fossil record close to 200 million years ago. Historic Columbia has written documentation from 1861 that Araucaria angustifolia and Araucaria araucana were present in the original gardens of Hampton Preston and available on local Pomaria Nursery list. Looking at a young Araucaria angustifolia, one might mistake it for its very close relative Araucaria araucana, the monkey puzzle tree. Both have sharp, thick, narrow leaves, however the leaves of Araucaria angustifolia are much narrower. The common name, candelabra tree or Paraná pine, comes from the appearance of mature specimen, where the leaves cluster at the ends of branches. Araucaria angustifolia is dioecious, meaning that male and female cones appear on separate trees. Historic Columbia’s grounds team was proud to have the opportunity to grow A. angustifolia from seed in the Boyd Horticultural Center.
Today, Araucaria angustifolia is endangered in its native habitat. This is a result of extensive logging, as it was once a favored timber species. though Araucaria angustifolia still faces significant threats, the Brazilian government has banned log exports of this species and portions of its native range are protected in national parks and reserves. There are close to 100 ex situ collections protecting A. angustifolia around the world, including here at HC.