Have you ever wondered how New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is able to sell thousands of homegrown plants at its annual Plant Sale?

It all starts in March with a well thought-out plan. Our gardeners and horticulturists sow seeds in waves throughout the spring, starting with the coolest season varieties like lettuce and Swiss chard and later peppers and tomatoes.

The seedlings grow in our greenhouse where temperatures stay warm even on cool days and where the small plants are protected from the harsh elements that can pop up throughout the spring.

Is there such a thing as too much basil? We don’t think so!

Our Plant Sale has all the staples, but what excites us most is finding new varieties to share with guests each spring. We love to encourage visitors to try new things in their own gardens.