The Annual Plant Sale - Our Primary Fundraiser
In an abundance of caution and concern for our loyal customers and our members, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual plant sale. The plant sale is our only public fundraiser, but it is quite simply not worth putting anyone's health at risk. We wish you continued good health and look forward to seeing you in 2021.
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Mark Your Calendar:
Saturday May 9, 2020
7 AM - Noon
Congregational Church Green
Shop early for the best selection!!
Our Annual Plant Sale is traditionally held the Saturday before Mothers’ Day on the Congregational Church Green in the center of Cheshire. It features a tremendous selection of member- grown perennials and annuals as well as other special plants obtained from area growers and a tag sale of gently used garden-related items.
Shoppers arrive early and come back year after year to purchase quality plants that have been carefully nurtured by our members.
This plant sale is our primary fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale enable the club to make a positive contribution to the community through numerous charitable and civic activities. In addition to offering college scholarships to area students pursuing degrees in horticulture or environmental studies, club activities include planting and maintaining gardens at the Moore House Senior Center, The Hitchcock Phillips House Historical Society, The Cheshire Public Library and the Yellow House Youth Center. Club members also provide floral arrangements to patients at Connecticut Hospice and conduct garden therapy programs for area seniors. Proceeds are also used to conduct programs for our members and the public that focus on increasing the knowledge of and interest in gardening as well as awareness of environmental issues.
Preparations for the sale start in March when vegetable and herb seeds are started in greenhouse space generously donated by a local grower. In April, club members begin to dig perennials from their gardens and prepare them for sale. These perennials are then brought to a member's home where they are fertilized, labeled and cared for until the sale. In addition to the greenhouse plants and member grown perennials, newer perennial varieties are purchased from local growers. These plants add diversity to what we offer for sale. Many are purchased by club members and become part of future sales when thy are divided by their new owners.