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The Trillium Stampede

Trillium giganteum

Trillium chloropetalum var. chloropetalum

The plant sale at the Tilden botanic garden is tomorrow. Anita is a docent at the garden, so we’ll be volunteering at the sale, getting our retail on. I’ll be the guy telling everyone to buy a Ribes. The highlight is the Trillium stampede at the beginning of the sale. People line up about an hour before the plant sale and then sprint to the Trilliums when the sale opens. I have seen people fall, but so far no plants or people have been injured.
I can’t say I blame folks for wanting a trillium; they’re beautiful and there aren’t many opportunities to buy one. I have photos of five, T. ovatum, the two chocolate and white versions of T. chloropetalum, T. angustipetalum which looks a lot like the dark T. chloropetalum, and little T. rivale in the Tilden garden. I’m not positive they are still blooming, but if they aren’t, there will be lots of other things to take their place. The more time I spend at Tilden, the more I appreciate it, and now is the time when it looks it’s best.

Trillium giganteum

Trillium chloropetalum var. chloropetalum

Trillium chloropetalum var. giganteum

Trillium chloropetalum var. giganteum

Trillium giganteum

Trillium chloropetalum var. giganteum

Trillium rivale

Trillium rivale

Trillium rivale

Trillium rivale

Trillium angustipetalum

Trillium angustipetalum

Trillium ovatum

Trillium ovatum

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7 Responses to “The Trillium Stampede”

  1. April 16th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Noelle/azplantlady says:

    I do love plant sales that are hosted by botanical gardens. It is easy to see why the Trilliums are so popular. I hope no one is injured in the rush tomorrow 🙂

  2. April 16th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Town Mouse says:

    Mmmm. You wouldn’t be able to put one aside for me? Hey, I’ll make it worth your while. We can meet at a secret location so noone finds out…

    Ah, never mind. I bought one from Digging Dog and it promptly got overwhelmed by the redwood sorrel.

  3. April 16th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Brad says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen so many trillium in one spot in the wild. They must be well cared for. I’m actually thinking of going to the sale to buy a ribes or two. I’ll probably see you there.

  4. April 16th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    ryan says:

    The Tilden sale is the bot garden sale I go to. Maybe I should go to more.
    I’m not sure I could get my hands on one. People really do sprint to them, and then they’re gone in thirty seconds. I didn’t know that you had bought one. Is it still alive or did it succumb?
    If you want to buy a Ribes, I might be the one to talk to. See you there.

  5. April 26th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    lostlandscape (James) says:

    My mother who grew up in Ohio loved and talked about trilliums, but I as yet have to see one in the wilds. Santa Barbara/Point Conception seems to be as far south as they venture.

    Ribes, though–yah, we’ve got a few. I hope you were able to talk some people into some plants.

  6. October 11th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Kelley says:

    I do not see dates on your blog entries. Dates are always helpful. Though public comments are dated. What is the best time to go see the trilliums here? And where abouts are they located? Thanks

  7. October 12th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    ryan says:

    It’s down at the bottom of the post here on this page, but yeah, good point, I’ve been meaning to make the date more noticeable. The Trilliums bloom in the spring, this post was on the 16th of April. They are in a few different parts of the bot garden, shady woodland sites. You can find them in moist woodland areas hiking, several different kinds. They are all dormant now.