It Takes a Year to Grow a Plant Sale


Submitted 7 months ago
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Priscilla Clark

Plants from our gardens to yours, via our Plant Sale

Plant Sale season is almost here!  It takes a year to put a Plant Sale together.  A plant sale can be just the place to find that special plant for your garden!

One of the most popular Plant Sales is The Hanover Garden Club's, Held at its shed in Pine Knoll Cemetery (off Route 10 in Hanover).  This year's sale is Saturday May 19 from 9AM - noon, rain or shine.

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It takes a year to put the Plant sale together. As soon as one ends, planning begins for next year's.  Members donate plants from their gardens, earmarked the previous year's growing season.  These carefully nurtured plants are gently dug up as soon as the soil can be worked and the plants show growth.  They are labelled (in accordance with Plant sale standards), then delivered to the club's shed and holding beds to be evaluated and potted up by volunteers.  Hundreds and hundreds of plants are donated, supplemented by plants started from seed or plug and grown in the Club's greenhouse. A dedicated and enthusiastic group keeps things growing in the greenhouse and out in the holding beds.  Watering, checking plant health, pinching back and fertilizing are some of the daily and weekly tasks involved.

Just before Plant Sale day, volunteers gather to set up the tables, organize the plants  by categories and set up the "Garden Yard Sale", an assortment of donated, gently used gardening gear.  Final touches are added bright and early on the day of the sale.  

Garden club members not only donate time and plants, but expertise, too.  Have a gardening question?  Ask one of our volunteers at the Plant Sale!

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