ANCHORAGE - Getting ready for spring is quite the undertaking at Evergreen Nursery with thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers to get in place for opening day.
“The hardest part is organization. We have so much going on at one time. We've got 20 to 30 guys working here in the nursery. We have to coordinate who's doing what and where all the plant material is going to go,” said Volanni Munro, Evergreen Nursery’s manager.
While workers spend their days potting smaller plants, Munro said the nursery specializes in trees.
“Spruce trees, birch trees, native trees, and we also bring from Oregon and Washington maple trees and you name it.”
If flowers are what you’re looking for there’s the King Career Center plant sale.
“I'm planting petunias, and I got tons and tons of interesting looking flowers I've never planted before, but I'm kind of a novice when it comes to planting so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with all the plants I buy,” said Sarah Slone who was stocking up on gardening supplies.
The sale opened with more than 600 hanging baskets and by mid-afternoon only a handful was left.
“Everyone's getting the gardening bug especially after a long winter,” said Horticulturist Adam Reid.
While the flowers are ready to go out the door, they’re not quite ready to go in the ground.
“We could still easily have a hard frost. I like for another week or two to be bringing the plants in at night and putting them out near the house during the day. I like to see the lows up at least around 40,” said Reid.
The KCC plant sale opens Thursday at 9, but staff said how long it stays open depends on how fast the plants go.
Evergreen Nursery’s grand opening is May 19.