The Down to Earth Garden Club will be holding the annual spring plant sale from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at BMP, located at 1263 Maple Ave., DuBois, near the Shaffer Road intersection. Individuals are please asked to honor the hours.
This is every serious gardener’s dream sale with all of those unusual and often difficult to obtain plants at affordable pricing and with no shipping fees, the spokesperson said. The prices are kept low to give local gardeners a chance to enjoy their hobby even more. It helps when people bring back the pots from last year to keep the prices low.
All of the plants are perennials that are grown in member’s gardens or in the gardens of local friends. There are always surprises. There may be only one of a plant or many. This year there are many rare and unusual daylilies. Some of the varieties are new to the club’s collection and quite costly online.
There is a nice selection of herbs and many native plants suitable for butterfly and pollinator gardens. There are also some new hostas as well as many trees and shrubs and a varied collection of other perennials. All of these plants will grow in the DuBois area because they do grow here. There are none of those plants that cannot survive local winters and the majority of them have survived at least one winter in its pot tucked into the ground.
New to the sale this year are some crafts. Members have completed and donated handmade bird feeders in a variety of styles and sizes. There are also some hand crafted mosaic pots that add a decorative interest to favorite indoor plants.
Proceeds from the sale go to support the many gardens that the Down to Earth Garden club maintains in the city and elsewhere. There are two butterfly beds, one at Parker Dam and another three-tiered one on the Beaver Meadow Walkway. Garden club members also maintain a number of small beds on the walkway, the beds at the City Building, the library beds and pots, the old Pershing parking lot gardens and pots, the Reitz Theater landscaping, and the many flower beds and borders on the embankment at the foot of Liberty Boulevard. There are other projects within projects that are too numerous to mention. The Down to Earth Garden Club also provides workshops and programs for non-profit organizations.
For more information, contact the Down to Earth Garden Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 371-8672 or 375-9528. The plant list can be found at www.downtoearthgardenclub.org The list is a working inventory and may be subject to change as new plants come in and others are found not to have survived the winter.