It’s time again to stock up on herb, vegetable and flower plant seedlings home-grown by gardeners from your local gardening club.

The Almonte & District Horticultural Society highly-anticipated annual plant sale will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 9 A.M. to noon in the parking lot of the Almonte Public Library.  At the sale you will find a variety of seedlings, gently used books and tools along with other useful and whimsical garden items.  Special planters will be available for children to purchase for Mom for Mother’s Day.

From beginners to seasoned gardeners, there is something for everyone.  For the beginner, you will know that you are buying plants that grow well in our area and helpful hints on planting and maintaining them throughout the growing season.  The plant sale offers you the opportunity to purchase locally grown seedlings that members have taken the time to start from their own garden stock so you can be assured that they should be successful in your garden.  Have a question on dealing with existing or new plants, there are a number of experienced and Master Gardeners in our Club who will be in attendance to assist you and guide you on your way.

Local gardening guru Ed Lawrence will be at the sale to autograph his book ‘Gardening Grief and Glory’.  Ed was head gardener for 30 years to six Governors General from Jules Leger in the 1970s to Adrienne Clarkson in 2005. For more than two decades, he shared his horticultural knowledge with callers to the CBC Radio’s weekly phone-in gardening show.  After he retired from Rideau Hall, he compiled the best of those queries and answers into this book with insights and solutions for beginners to the most experienced gardeners.  There will be copies of his book for sale at $20.00 (tax included), or if you already have a copy, Ed would be pleased to autograph it for you.

You have seen the work done by our local Society  in the gardens behind the Almonte Library, the Cenotaph, Veterans’ Walkway, Peace Park (the split between Bridge and Perth Streets), the planters on the sidewalks on Mill Street and the Almonte Legion.  Every year, volunteers from the club plant and maintain these gardens and planters for your viewing pleasure.

As part of a program initiated a few years ago by the Principal at Naismith Memorial Public School, volunteers from the Society will again be planting seeds with the Kindergarten children.  When the seedlings are ready, they are planted with the children and with the help of older students at the school.  The plants are maintained throughout the summer by volunteers from the Society with some of the bounty going to our local Food Bank and, when the children return to school in September, the kindergarten classes have the opportunity to feast on the vegetables.  This is a great opportunity to teach the young from an early age the benefits of growing their own vegetables and flowers not to mention the fun time had by all.

If you have ever wondered about whether or not to join the Society, the plant sale offers you a good opportunity to talk with members to better understand the benefits and rewards.  The cost is only $10 for the year and registration will be available at the sale.  (P.S. – this is also a good time for existing members to renew their membership if they have not already done so.)

So why not come by to say thank you to the members of your local Horticultural Society at the annual Plant Sale.   Every purchase helps your local Club to continue the work they do in our community.  Don’t forget, Saturday, May 12, 9 A.M. to noon.  Please note that you are welcome to view the stock earlier but there will be no sales before 9 A.M.

Article prepared by Janet Horton, A&DHS