Peak season for garden club plant sales is here
This past weekend, hordes of green-thumbed enthusiasts flocked to the Wilkins School in Amherst to stock up on annuals, perennials, shrubs and even goodies at the annual Amherst Garden Club plant sale.
Each year, members of the club visit each other's gardens and dig up both common and exotic varieties to sell to raise money for scholarships and beautification programs in town. Then on sale day, usually the Saturday before Mother's Day, they're joined by local garden centers and farms to offer a vast selection of greenery — this year nearly 2,500 plants — at discounted prices.
Though the Amherst plant sale has come and gone for this year, next weekend and throughout early June garden clubs and other non-profit organizations throughout the state will be hosting similar events, each offering their own special mix of plants, garden supplies, goodies and even entertainment.
On Saturday, May 19, the Bedford Garden Club will be hosting its annual plant sale at town hall, a tradition in town for 40 years.
“It began on a small scale with one banquet-sized table filled with plants in the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church,” said garden club member Jeanene Procopis. “In 1980, the president of the club promoted the idea of increasing the size of the sale by having members donate plants from their own gardens.”
Today, the sale takes over town hall with garden club donations and plants from local greenhouses, nurseries and farms, and the funds raised during the sale help the club plant public gardens throughout Bedford.
In Derry, the garden club's sale includes plants donated from gardens throughout the town.
“Members bring their own perennials and also we have been digging from different homes around town,” said Pat Mulone. “We usually get a nice variety of plants.”
Each organization offers its own unique variety of plants, but the sales often include lots of other items from garden art and tools, to baked goods, hanging baskets, window boxes, and even fresh produce.
Here's a sampling of sales around the state. Most clubs recommend coming early for the best selection.
Bedford: Town Hall, 10 Meetinghouse Road; May 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Candia: Masonic Hall, South Road, May 19, 9 a.m. to noon
Derry: Masonic Temple, 58 East Broadway, May 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Francestown: Town Hall, May 19, 9 a.m.
Fremont: Fire Complex, Route 111, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hampton: Town Hall, 136 Winnacunnet Road, May 19, 9 a.m.
Hanover: Pine Knoll Cemetery, South Main Street, May 19, 9 a.m. to noon
Keene: Monadock Garden Club at Wyman Tavern, 339 Main St., May 19, 9-11 a.m.
Milford: Community House, Union Street, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Nashua: Nashua Garden Club, Florence Speare Museum, 5 Abbot St., May 19, 8 a.m. to noon
Nashua: Alpha Delta Kappa Perennials, 15 Spencer Drive, May 19, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Nashua: Senior Activity Center, 11 Royal Oak Drive, May 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
New Castle: Commons Building, Wentworth Road, May 19, 8am to 2 p.m.
Rye: Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road, May 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 19, 9 a.m. to noon
Swanzey Center: Gazebo & Town Hall, Route 32. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Brookline: Ball Field, Route 130, June 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hooksett: Hooksett Garden Club at R&R Public wholesalers, 1371 Hooksett Road, 8 a.m.-noon.
Lincoln: Public Library, 22 Church St., May 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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