One month, three nor\u2019easters, countless damaged trees and shrubs. As hints of spring finally begin to appear, Wilton residents are surveying their landscapes with dismay. Few properties have been spared from the destruction. Cherished trees have been reduced to a mangled mess of shattered tree trunks and downed branches. While many dogwoods and crabapples took a beating, it was the Eastern white pines that were hit especially hard. According to Suzanne Knutson, president of the Wilton Garden Club, \u201cWhite pines are great trees for a quick, evergreen screen, but they don\u2019t last very long. Over time, their branches get weak and brittle. Every time we get some heavy snow or ice, those branches come crashing down. And as we saw, they\u2019ll take out everything else in their path.\u201d While it is discouraging, and in some cases heartbreaking, to witness all the damage, there is a silver lining: renewal. As with humans, plants have a life cycle. Many of the trees and shrubs that were lost had probably completed theirs. However, spring is here, and once the ground warms up it will be an excellent time to plant. According to Knutson, homeowners would be well advised to view this as an opportunity to make some changes. \u201cNow is an excellent time to view your landscape with a critical eye to replace and renew,\u201d she said. \u201cIf you lost a tree, you may need to rethink what to plant there. Maybe you want to go in a different direction and put in a mixed border filled with shrubs and perennials. Or maybe you want a perennial border filled with sun-loving plants now that your shady tree is gone.\u201d Either way, she points out, \u201cYou\u2019re going to need more plants, and we\u2019ll have loads of interesting plants to replace whatever you lost at the garden club\u2019s upcoming Annual Mother\u2019s Day Plant Sale.\u201d Included in the sale will be trees and shrubs, more than 1,000 perennials hand-dug from members\u2019 gardens and already acclimated to thrive in other Wilton gardens, herbs and vegetables, annuals and wildflowers, patio containers, decorative floral baskets and hanging flower baskets. So will they be offering Eastern white pines? Knutson laughs before replying, \u201cNo, that\u2019s the one thing we won\u2019t have. But we will be offering two different types of oak trees, and I didn\u2019t see many of those that came down during the storms!\u201d The Wilton Garden Club\u2019s Mother\u2019s Day Plant Sale, which is the club\u2019s primary fund-raiser, will be held Friday, May 11, from noon to 6, and Saturday, May 12, from 10 to 2, rain or shine at Wilton\u2019s Town Green. There will also be an early bird sale open to the public at the club\u2019s greenhouse at the Comstock Community Center on Wednesday, May 9, from 9:30 to 1:30. More information at wiltongardenclub.org, facebook.com\/wiltongardenclub.