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Desert Botanical Garden's fall plant sale is by reservation only. Here's what to know

Shaena Montanari
Arizona Republic

In the market for a new cactus to spruce up your yard? The fall plant sale at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix has what you are looking for and then some.  

The 2020 fall plant sale will be a bit different than in the past due to COVID-19 restrictions, but there is still ample opportunity to purchase cactuses, succulents and other plants.

The sale will be open for three weekends in October and garden members get first crack. The sale opens on Oct. 16 for members and Oct. 17 for the general public.  New this year: Reservations are required. Book yours at https://dbg.org/events/fall-plant-sale-2020.

What kinds of plants will be available? 

The plant sale is divided up into sections including cactus, agave, shrubs, butterfly plants and trees. 

Tina Wilson, the garden's director of horticulture, said in an email that they have "a lot of new aloes this year to check out, along with an assortment of cactus and succulent collectibles."

She said the sale will have plants that people are looking to replace after a hot, dry summer. The sale will be restocked throughout the week.

As for cost, it ranges. Wilson said potted plants are generally $5 to $150, but some special boxed specimens can go for up to $800. 

How has the plant sale been modified for COVID-19?

Reservations and timed entry is intended to help reduce crowding at the plant sale. The following safety measures have been implemented:

  • Face coverings are required for anyone 6 or older.
  • No cash transactions. All major credit cards are accepted.
  • Sanitized shopping carts are available.
  • Guests must maintain 6 feet of distance. 
  • Curbside pickup and plant delivery are available.

Desert Botanical Garden fall plant sale

Where: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.

When: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Members only on Oct. 16, 23 and 30. Open to the public on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1.

Details: Make reservations at dbg.org/events/fall-plant-sale-2020.

Reach the reporter at Shaena.Montanari@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @DrShaena.

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