2018 SPRING PLANT BIG SUCCESS DESPITE TORNADO 

 

 

Pictured above - the membership arrives early to set  up the 2018 Spring Plant Sale

 

Despite the horrific tornado which devasted Southbury on May 15th, the SGC's 2018 Annual Spring Plant Sale was a resounding success. The Plant Sale was originally scheduled to take place at the gazebo one week earlier, but thanks to the extraordinary efforts by the Town of Southbury, the The Regency Group,which owns the Town Green Mall, and SGC members who helped  spread the word without the help of the Internet, loyal customers turned out in droves. 

 

The sale, which is one of the oldest and largest plant sales in the area, still attracted local residents, many of whom were still dealing with major tornado damage at their own properties. Fortunately the storm did not damage any of the hundreds of plants offered for sale, and the seven day delay simply allowed the Town of Southbury more time to continue clean-up efforts and for Eversource to restore power to the entire town.

 

 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 CT grown offerings so eagerly that many tables sold out before closing.

 

This premiere gardening event has become a "must do" for area gardeners, many of whom  have returned faithfully to this event for 17 years!  Savvy shoppers pour in early from all the surrounding towns, knowing that this sale features some of the healthiest and hardiest plants available.

 

This is the club's largest fundraising event of the year, and the proceeds help fund the $1,000.00 Harriet Koons Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a Southbury resident enrolled in a college degree program in horticulture or a related field. The profits also help fund the club's many civic projects which benefit the local area.

 

The club wants to especially acknowledge the outstanding efforts of Southbury Green owners, The Regency Group, which restored the popular area in record time. The Southbury Green was especially hard hit with many of the mature trees totally uprooted or sheared off at the top, but crews were there early the next morning, restoring the popular area and allowing the SGC to hold their event there within seven days. 

 

Scenes from Past Spring Plant Sales