Folks who drive on River Road past the garden at Horseshoe Pond Park during warm weather can be forgiven for rubbernecking as they approach the traffic light at Wolfpit Road. After all, it is easy to get distracted by the unexpected profusion of flowers bursting from the garden planted along the side of the road. Now, nearly six years to the day after the Wilton Garden Club designed and installed the Horseshoe Pond garden, the Federated Garden Club of Connecticut has bestowed its prestigious \u201cTribute Award for Landscape Design\u201d on the club in recognition of its efforts. \u201cThe ruggedness of this garden amazes me,\u201d says club member Suzanne Knutson, who designed the garden. \u201cIt gets hit with sand and salt spray during the winter, which is terrible for the soil, and it gets no supplemental watering during the summer, yet it still manages to look beautiful throughout the growing season.\u201d Ms. Knutson points out a wide assortment of ornamental grasses form the backbone of the garden. \u201cThe grasses are the key to the garden\u2019s success because they\u2019re drought-tolerant, low-maintenance and deer-resistant,\u201d she said. In early spring, members of the club\u2019s Civics Committee clean out the bed, cut back the roses and plant an assortment of annuals. Afterward, they do the same for gardens the club maintains at the post office, the Veterans Memorial Green, and the \u201cTown of Wilton\u201d sign at the intersection of Route 7 and Ridgefield Road. While the club\u2019s members do most of the maintenance, they hire professional landscapers to put down a heavy layer of mulch in the spring and weed periodically during the summer. \u201cWe hire workers to do the really heavy work, but that gets expensive, so we try to do as much as possible ourselves,\u201d Ms. Knutson said. \u201cWe also spend a lot of money on the annuals we plant, so it\u2019s really important that our plant sale is successful,\u201d she added, referring to the club\u2019s annual Mother\u2019s Day Plant Sale. \u201cThat\u2019s where we get the money to pay for everything.\u201d This is the 75th year the Wilton Garden Club will host its annual Mother\u2019s Day Plant Sale. The sale, which is the club\u2019s primary fund-raiser, will be held on Friday, May 9, from noon to 6, and Saturday, May 10, from 9 to noon, rain or shine, at Wilton\u2019s Town Green.