Bay’s annual plant sale ends Friday

ESCANABA — Now that the end of Bay College’s winter 2019 semester has arrived, a Bay tradition has returned: the college’s annual plant sale. Biology and Environmental Science Professor Brian Black said the sale, which started Monday, will continue through Friday.

The plant sale has been held at Bay for nearly two decades.

“We needed a way to support the greenhouse, in terms of resources,” Black said of the sale’s origin.

According to Black, the process of growing plants for 2019’s sale went very well.

“I have a greater diversity of tomatoes and wildflowers than I’ve had in several years,” he said.

This includes varieties of wildflowers well-suited for planting in wetter areas.

Native perennial wildflowers, vegetables and herbs — among other plants — have been made available for this year’s plant sale. Black encouraged people interested in visiting the sale to do so as soon as possible if they are looking for anything specific.

“We sell more plants every year, and our supply hasn’t changed much,” he said.

Members of Bay’s STEM Club have been involved with transplanting and selling plants for 2019’s plant sale. Black said some proceeds from the sale will go towards the club.

“They’re going to benefit as well,” he said.

Along with the plant sale’s support of the greenhouse and the STEM Club, plants grown in the greenhouse will support good causes in the community.

“We continue to produce a couple thousand milkweed seedlings … for the monarch habitat restoration project in the Stonington Peninsula,” Black said.

Additionally, plants not sold during the sale will be provided to EskyGrow and other community garden groups in the Upper Peninsula.

Other native plants from the greenhouse are being planted at Bay.

“We’re continuing to increase native plant beds around campus, as well,” Black said. This includes the planting of native plants in the college’s redesigned courtyard.

The plant sale will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for the rest of the week in the Math and Science Building. For more information, visit www.baycollege.edu/greenhouse.