Plant Sales Popping up All Over

Providence Garden club members preparing for the annual plant sale to be held on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, at Williamson College of the Trades.

Providence Garden club members preparing for the annual plant sale to be held on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, at Williamson College of the Trades.

Providence Garden Club’s 69th Annual Plant Sale will take place today, Friday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williamson College of the Trades on route 352 in Middletown Township.

The event will feature a variety of annuals, unique perennials, planted containers, troughs, hanging baskets and plants shared from our members gardens. Proceeds support local nonprofit and environmental organizations.

This Saturday, May 6, Swarthmore Horticultural Society warms up for its “Blooms or Bust” sale with the Second Chance Plant Sale at Swarthmore’s Central Park. The shrubs, which have graced borough sidewalk planters, will be available for purchase at bargain prices of $5 to $20, by cash or check only. Availability is limited, so come early. The sale is from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

This quartet may be soggy, but the Swarthmore Garden Club Herb Sale will go on rain or shine this Saturday. Left to right: Margie Baker, Sue Larson, Sharon Anderson, Jan Frisch. Photo by Kay Rinko

This quartet may be soggy, but the Swarthmore Garden Club Herb Sale will go on rain or shine this Saturday. Left to right: Margie Baker, Sue Larson, Sharon Anderson, Jan Frisch. Photo by Kay Rinko

Also this Saturday, Swarthmore Garden Club holds its annual Herb Sale, featuring herbs, flowers alone and together in gift baskets perfect for Mother’s Day giving, and heirloom tomatoes. The sale opens at 8:30 a.m. and continues through 12:30 p.m., with snacking options beckoning with baked goods for all hours, including muffins, breads, and cupcakes.

Learn about the culture and use of herbs from the SGC gardeners who conduct the sale in front of Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue.

With a members’ preview on Friday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a public sale on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Tyler Arboretum annual plant sale provides inspiration, education, and plant options for all gardens, soil types, growing conditions, and budgets. Garden design consultants are on hand to help you with selections of vegetables and herbs, flowers, perennials, shrubs, and trees.

In addition, you can reserve your spot through Julia Lo Erhardt at jlo@tylerarboretum.org or (610) 566-9134, ext. 305, for 30-minute sessions to help you plan your landscape. Bring photos, drawings and sketches. Tyler Arboretum is at 515 Painter Road in Media; info at tylerarboretum.org/plantsale.

Next weekend in Rose Valley, the RV Environmental Advisory Council combines a workshop on how to eradicate invasive plants with a sale of native plants you can install in their place. On Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, you can learn how to get rid of garlic mustard, multiflora rose, English ivy, bittersweet and other noxious interlopers, making way for forest wildflowers, native shrubs, and the next generation of trees. You can buy plugs of woodland and meadow wildflowers, ferns and sedge for just $2 to $5. The session is open to all, free of charge, and will be held at the Saul Wildlife Sanctuary, behind the Old Mill in Rose Valley, 9 Old Mill Lane. Bring gloves and dress to get dirty. Rain date is Saturday, May 20; info from margeryhowe@gmail.com and at continentalconservation.us/RoseValleyEAC.

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