Garden Club’s Spring Plant Sale Keeps Medfield Blooming
Saturday, May 19, the Medfield Garden Club will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale. The perennials are terrific and attractively priced, but the best part about supporting the sale is that the proceeds get plowed directly into those colorful planters and islands all around town.
The Spring Plant Sale is a Medfield tradition now nearly four decades old. As one of two fund-raisers held during the year, it’s the proceeds from the sale that allow the club to maintain nearly twenty roadside gardens all around town. The sale is this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Unitarian Church on North Street.
The sale has changed with the town. “There was a time when you thought, ‘Garden Club plant sale… oh, yes, geraniums,” says sale chairman Nancy Tella. “Now we focus on perennials.”
And those perennials are anything but run-of-the-mill, Ms. Tella says. “Are you looking for bearded or Siberian iris? Astilbe? What color? Chances are, we’ve got it. These are the plants that grow in our members’ gardens. Our members are meticulous about dividing plants for this sale and over-wintering them carefully. What we sell is New England weather tested and gardener approved.” You will also find ground covers, edibles, native plants and even saplings of ornamental trees. Have questions? Come to the horticultural information table, and have your questions answered by a Certified Master Gardener. Want to improve your soil and reduce landfill waste? Pick up an Earth Machine composter for your backyard.
Proceeds of the sale fund the wayside gardens - now numbering 19 - that dot Medfield and are planted and maintained by the club’s members. “The money we make on the sale allows us to purchase thousand of dollars of flowers and plants each year for our public spaces, and to maintain and expand the plantings at places like the Medfield Police and Fire Station,” says Club President Debbie Gaines. “Supporting the sale is a great way to keep Medfield blooming.”