Arboretum plant sale becomes online auction

GUELPH – Like so many other public events this year, the Arboretum Expo and Plant Sale is going virtual.

This year, the Arboretum is hosting a Virtual Plant Sale as an online auction, with physically-distanced pickups.

The online auction will run from Sept. 18 at 9am to Sept. 27 at 9pm at Pickup will be arranged at the completion of the auction.

The plant sale has historically been an important community engagement and fundraising event for the Arboretum. Dedicated volunteers usually start in late winter helping grow and prepare plants for the sale.

Income from the sale helps support special projects and ongoing maintenance across the Arboretum.

Plant sale “attendees” will be able to browse online through the sampling of plants offered this year on the auction website beginning Sept. 18 at 9am.

A limited number of plants are available this year. Inquiries can be directed to