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      Get ready for spring at Owens plant sale

      This is a rare opportunity to purchase select trees, shrubs and annuals at a very minimal cost for the upcoming spring planting season.

      Get your green thumbs ready for spring gardening. Owens Community College is hosting their Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club??s annual Spring Plant Sale at Owens Community College April 24 and the 25.

      The plant sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday next to the greenhouse, which is near the entrance to the Owens Math/Science Center on the Toledo-area Campus. The sale will feature a wide selection of shrubs and rare, unusual trees, as well as annuals, among other items. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. According to Chris Foley, Owens Associate Professor of Science, the student organization is excited to once again offer individuals the rare opportunity to purchase select trees, shrubs and annuals at a very minimal cost for the upcoming spring planting season. "The annual spring plant sale also provides our students with the unique opportunity to showcase their talents to the general public and the campus community in the form of a wide range of hanging baskets and planters filled with beautiful blooming plants," added Foley. "The containers were all grown by the students within the College??s greenhouse." A majority of the shrubs will cost $15 to 25, while varieties of trees will cost between $20 to 50. All proceeds from the plant sale will help in supporting the organization??s participation in the annual PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Student Career Days, which is a national horticultural and landscape competition involving over 50 colleges and universities across the country. Shrubs on hand will include assorted hydrangeas and flowering shrubs, as well as the Emerald Green Arborvitae, Bottle Brush Buckeye and Virginia Sweetspire, among many others. Several rare and unusual trees will also be available, including the Chinese Dogwood, Carolina Silverbell and White Oak. The Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club will also sell perennials, including select hostas and daylilies. In addition, an assortment of planters and hanging baskets with flowering annuals, grown by the College??s greenhouse management class, will be available this year. Hanging baskets will cost $10, while combination planters will cost $10-25. A complete listing of the available plants with their prices is available online.