This year marks the 78th year of the Mother’s Day Plant Sale hosted by the Wilton Garden Club on Wilton’s Town Green. Although it started out as a modest affair back in 1939, it has since grown to be one of the largest plant sales in the region. Thousands of plants and Mother’s Day items will be for sale Friday and Saturday. Sale hours are noon to 6 on May 12, and 10 to 2 on May 13.
Many new items will be offered for sale this year including beautifully planted troughs and whimsical glass terrariums featuring miniature woodland landscapes. In addition to colorful hanging flower baskets, the club will also offer interesting wall hangings made from reclaimed wood. Some will feature air plants, known as tillandsias, tucked into pockets formed by overlapping panels of wood, and others will feature dish gardens on a wood swing. For the first time, the club will offer fresh-cut flowers in petite bud vases. Also new this year will be bags of local manure, multi-packs of pollinator plants, and an estate-style tag sale of garden-related items.
“There will be something for everybody,” plant sale co-chair Amy Curley said in a press release. “In addition to the great gift items we’re going to have for Mother’s Day, we’ll have thousands of plants just in time for spring planting.” Back again this year are perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, annuals, wildflowers, rock garden plants, grasses and groundcovers, trees and shrubs, decorative baskets, patio containers, and hanging baskets.
Commenting on the weather leading up to the plant sale, Curley noted, “It was so rainy this month that we were forced to dig plants under wet skies. It wasn’t that much fun, but the good news is that the plants loved it. Our members dug up over 1,400 plants and they really look amazing!”
According to club president, Suzanne Knutson, the plant sale is the club’s major fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the community. “In addition to the seven gardens we maintain in town as well as the urns on the steps of town hall, we’re very involved in community outreach. Our youth gardening program at Trackside teaches teens the ins and outs of vegetable gardening, and our garden therapy program at Comstock engages seniors in garden-related activities,” she said.
“We also host a holiday workshop where we make wreaths to decorate the town’s buildings, and we also make dozens of holiday centerpieces that are donated to community members in need. That’s why the success of this plant sale is so important. The proceeds from this plant sale fund all of those activities as well as the philanthropic donations we make to local organizations.”
Information: wiltongardenclub.org.