By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Local plant sales, like the ones this weekend at Bartram’s Gardens, Temple Ambler’s Arboretum and Jenkins Arboretum, are so much fun because that’s where you always seem to find the most unusual plants. That includes many more native plants (such as the Franklinia tree pictured here), lovingly-nurtured by the staff and volunteers at Bartram’s Gardens and, as you shop, you can ask the staff and volunteers questions about what’s best for your yard and how to care for your plants. So you not only go home with more confidence about your choices but also a good feeling because what you spend at such sales helps keep these great gardens going all year.

All three sales are open on Saturday; while Bartram’s Gardens and the Valley Forge Chapter American Rhododendron Society sale at Jenkins Arboretum are actually three-day events. Those two sales are open to everyone on Saturday and Sunday, plus they offer you a chance to join their Friday sneak-peek preview parties where you can get first pick of the plants, plus a 10% discount.