SOUTHBURY GARDEN CLUB’S 19TH ANNUAL PLANT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

The Southbury Garden Club’s 19th Annual Spring Plant Sale, which took place on May 18, 2019 at the gazebo on the Town Green, was a huge success!

 

After a very long winter, the second rainiest April on record, and  the first sunny weekend in almost two months, customers began lining up half an hour before the sale was scheduled to open.

Everyone was so eager to begin working in their gardens, that several tables sold completely out. "The Members' Own Plants" table was extremely popular and the "Trees and Shrubs" offerings were gone early. One lucky customer even went home with a mature pineapple tree!

 

The sale featured a unique selection of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs and hanging baskets suitable for both sun and shade. Most were local or CT grown, and many were deer resistant.

The sale offfered many colorful flowers which are an excellent way to draw birds and honeybees to your yard;, unlike bird feeders which also appeal to our area’s growing bear population.

In recognition of National Pollinators Week (June 17-23) and the Southbury Garden Club's 60th anniversary, the club has designed and planted a Pollinator Garden at Settlers Park for the enjoyment of local residents.

 

Club members, many of whom are certified Master Gardeners, shared gardening tips, assisted in choosing suitable plants and discussed individual gardening problems with our customers..  

 

Plant Sale Chairman Carol Shaw said: “It is always gratifying to see familiar faces return every year and hear so many shoppers say that they look forward to our sale all year, because we not only provide such a wonderful choice of vigorous plants, but also that the club members are so friendly and helpful.” Several customers have joined the club after attending the event.

 

This is the club's largest fundraising event of the year, and the proceeds help fund the one thousand dollar Harriet Koons Memorial Scholarship awarded annually to a Southbury resident enrolled in an accredited college degree program and majoring in horticulture or a related field.

 

The money also helps fund the club's many civic projects which benefit the town.

Club members provide fresh flower arrangements weekly at the Southbury Public Library; holiday wreaths for Southbury Town Buildings; workshops at local nursing homes; youth activities for area school children; floral workshops and garden therapy baskets for Safe Haven clients.

 

In addition to the the newly dedicated Pollinator Garden at Settlers' Park, the club also sponsors gardens at several public parks; maintains an herb garden at the Audubon Center, plants plots at Community Park and Heritage Village and donates the fresh produce weekly to the Southbury Food Bank.

 

New members are welcome. Contact Membership Chairman Eleanor Cea at eleanorcea@yahoo.com , or visit southburygardenclub.org for full details.

 

 

Pictured above - the membership arrived early to set  up lat year's Spring Plant Sale.

 Because of its solid repution for outstanding annuals, perennials and hanging baskets, eager  customers begin gathering  before the 9:00 a.m. opening in order to get first choice. Local gardeners, many of whom have been loyal customers for years, snap up the local and Connecticut  grown offerings so eagerly that many tables sold out before closing.

 

Scenes from Past Spring Plant Sales