Weather can’t stop garden club diggers

First it was several feet of snow that simply wouldn’t melt. Then it was the unseasonably cold temperatures that threw an icy blanket on the advent of spring. Then it snowed some more for good measure. So it was no surprise to Wilton Garden Club members when the skies opened up and dumped several inches of rain on the first day they attempted to dig up plants to sell at their Mother’s Day Plant Sale.
“Mother Nature hasn’t been particularly kind to us this year,” Sharon Frost, co-chair of the plant sale, said with a laugh. “Normally, we would have been digging up plants beginning in early April, but it’s been so cold that there was nothing to dig. The plants were still dormant.”
In an annual tradition, garden club members herald the beginning of spring by sending a small army of volunteers into its members’ gardens to dig up plants destined for the plant sale. The plants are carefully potted up and labeled, and then nurtured by club members in the weeks leading up to the sale.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us this year,” Frost added. “Somehow we have to dig up all the plants in an extremely short period of time. And this year we have several additional gardens we’ll be digging in belonging to members of the community who have generously invited us in to dig up plants. It makes me exhausted just thinking about it. But I’ll tell you what, any plant that survived this winter is a keeper!”
The sale, which is the club’s primary fund-raiser, will be held on Friday, May 8, from noon to 6, and Saturday, May 9, from 9 to noon, rain or shine, at Wilton’s Town Green.  There will also be an early bird sale open to the public at the club’s greenhouse at the Comstock Community Center on Wednesday, May 6, from 9:30 to 12:30.