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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gardening enthusiasts now have an extra day to purchase butterfly-friendly plants during the Florida Museum of Natural History’s weekend sales.

The museum recently expanded its sale to include Fridays due to popular demand and to help gardeners prepare for the first ButterflyFest Gardening Contest.

“The plant sales have been extremely popular,” said Butterfly Rainforest assistant manager Jeff Hansen. “We decided to extend the plant sales an extra day for museum visitors looking to add a little more color to their gardens.”

Plant sale hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. All proceeds benefit the Florida Museum’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

The museum’s fifth-annual ButterflyFest on Oct. 23-24 features a new gardening contest. Entries must be submitted between Aug. 23 and Sept. 10. More information is available online,

The museum plant sale features 10 plants each week, including native, nectar, host and accent species. Up to 10 additional unannounced species also are available. The list of plants offered each week is available online,

The plant sale is located near the museum’s front entrance. Prices begin at $3 for a 4″ pot and most 1-gallon pots are $6. Larger sizes are also available ranging from $12 to $18 for a 3-gallon pot.

For more information call 352-273-2043.

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Source: Jeff Hansen, 352-273-1898,
Writer: Patti Nunez
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,