Wheelbarrows and washing baskets will be at the ready next week as people prepare to cart their purchases home from the annual giant plant sale.

The Otago Polytechnic Central Campus event will return to the polytech’s nursery, off Blyth St, Cromwell, on October 26.

Principal lecturer Jo Wakelin said plenty of variety would be on offer, thanks to the work of horticulture students and staff who have been propagating plants for the occasion.

“We try to grow a few things that are specialist drought tolerant plants for our dry Central Otago gardens.”

Among those plants are “lots of natives”, including eco-sourced varieties from Central Otago.

“That means they are from wild plants,” Ms Wakelin said.

“It’s stuff that we think will do really well here.”

The natives are just some of the thousands of plants already lined up for sale, including flower punnets, lavenders, vegetables, herbs, unusual trees, tomatoes and tussocks.

“People traditionally bring their wheelbarrows and washing baskets and cardboard boxes to fill.”

Gates to this year’s event will be open from 9.30am to noon.

Next year the event will return, but will take place from the nursery’s new site, which it has yet to move to, on Richards Beach Rd.

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