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Green Acres hosts houseplant extravaganza in Auburn

Special event features unique collection and expert advice

Houseplants galore will be on display and for sale at Green Acres Nursery at Eisley's in Auburn this Saturday.

Houseplants galore will be on display and for sale at Green Acres Nursery at Eisley's in Auburn this Saturday. Kathy Morrison

Do you love houseplants? You’re not alone. Two out of every three American homes have at least one houseplant.

And if you were born in the 1980s or ’90s, you’re even more likely to own houseplants. Seven out of 10 millennials identify as “plant parents.”

Gardeners of all ages will find new and unusual houseplants at a special event Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Green Acres Nursery & Supply at Eisley’s in Auburn.

From 8 a.m to 4 p.m., find a curated collection of unique indoor flora – and expert advice to help those houseplants thrive. Admission is free.

This collection is “perfect for the houseplant enthusiast, collector, or novice,” says Green Acres. “Houseplant experts will be showcasing some of our favorites, along with unique varieties to pique the interest of plant lovers with all levels of experience.”

Billed as “The Extraordinary Houseplant Event,” this one-day, one-location showcase also will include event day discounts, free drawings and pre-potted collections. Free coffee and treats available or purchase will be provided by Rustic Mule.

A rattlesnake plant in a black pot against a white background
The Rattlesnake Plant is the 2023 Plant of the Year.

More proof houseplants are having their moment: The 2023 Plant of the Year is the Rattlesnake Plant, an easy-care calathea that loves to share our indoor space. The 2023 Flower of the Year is another indoor favorite – the orchid.

Green Acres Nursery & Supply at Eisley’s is located at 380 Nevada St., Auburn.



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