Have you planned or planted your garden yet? If you want to add some Canadian native plants and uniqueness to your garden design, the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticulture Society will be holding their annual plant sale from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 25th. This annual plant sale is held in the parking lot of the Bradley’s Insurance office on Stittsville Main Street who kindly offer up the use of their space every year for the sale.
The plant sale is the Society’s major fundraiser, and its yearly success is due to you, their friends and members, who generously volunteer both time and plant material. Over this week, when you’re in your garden taking stock of things, I do encourage you to consider potting up some of the plants you are dividing and donating them to the sale. All plant material is accepted, and vegetables, herbs, trees and shrubs are especially welcome.
Should you wish to donate some of your plants to the sale, here are some steps to follow:
- A plant potted up a week in advance and kept watered perks up and makes a good show for the sale;
- Labelling each plant with name, colour, exposure, size, helps a potential buyer to choose what they might be looking for; and,
- Drop Off- please drop off items you wish to donate by 8:00 a.m. at Bradley’s Parking Lot so that they can be priced and displayed by the team of volunteers. If you wish to do so, drop off may be made the evening before the sale, but please place the plants behind the building.
Have too many garden objects and tools that you would like to see reused – then donate? The Horticulture Society will also accept anything that pertains to gardening that you may no longer wish to use- decorative garden items, pots, trays, garden implements – everything is welcomed.
The benefit of purchasing your plants from this plant sale is knowing that the plants are grown right here in area gardens and will very likely grow in your garden. This saves you from having a nice garden one year and the next, the plants have expired as they have not been exposed to our local seasons.
Have a few hours to volunteer? The Society is always being asked in what way people can help them out. They appreciate any help you can give between the hours of 9 and 1, even if it’s just for a short time. You don’t need to know about the plants in the sale! There are many Society members and Master Gardeners present who can help with that.
Here’s a map for the location: https://goo.gl/maps/AFb6jt2tVou8DnE78.
Gardening can be a costly endeavour, but not when you support your local Horticulture Society and learn from their expert advice.
If you want locally grown plants, vegetable, herbs, trees and shrubs, then this is the sale to attend. Invite your neighbours, friends and family, but do pass on the word about the Horticulture Society’s upcoming sale!