This weekend marks the Wilton Garden Club’s 77th Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale. Rain or shine, the sale is held at the Wilton Town Green (1010 Old Ridgefield Rd.) on Friday, May 6 from 12-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m.-noon.
Not only is the sale one of the best sources for remarkable gardening, the Garden Club members will be on hand to answer questions and help you choose the right plants. There will be perennials and wildflowers, ornamental grasses and ground covers, organically grown herb and herb containers, organically grown vegetables and tomato plants, native plants, trees and flowering shrubs, award-winning dahlias, hanging flower baskets, patio planters, glass terrariums and troughs as well as Mother’s Day Flower Baskets!
To get first choice and amazing deals before everything goes to the Town Green, the Wilton Garden Club is holding a Greenhouse Pre-Sale, today, May 4, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., in the club’s Greenhouse at Comstock Community Center, (180 School Road).
Proceeds from this sale are used to support Wilton Garden Club’s educational and horticultural endeavors, projects for civic beauty, and local philanthropic contributions.
This year’s sale is particularly special because Garden Club member Billie Sue Hollingsworth will be retiring from her tomato-growing duties. In recent years, Billie Sue’s organic and heirloom tomatoes have become a star of the sale. Each year, starting on Feb. 1, she personally begins to grow every tomato plant from seed in her basement with lights and a hot mat, before transferring them to pots. With warm spring sun and water the tomatoes happily and healthily grow. This year’s plant sale will feature over 20 different varieties of organic tomatoes, including 5 different “small tomato” varieties (e.g. artisan cherry tomatoes) and hybrids.
After four years of growing the club’s plant sale tomatoes and building up a loyal following–and 24 years with the Wilton Garden Club–Billie Sue is ready to pass the baton. As a little girl, Billie Sue caught the gardening bug and absorbed knowledge watching her farmer grandmother and aunts tend to their vast, open gardens. She also plants and tends her own vegetable garden, growing all her produce for the summer and early autumn months, including potatoes, squash, jalapeno peppers, lettuces, etc., which she cans and dehydrates for the winter months. As she will readily admit, once you start gardening, you have a hard time quitting since there is nothing quite like growing your own produce!
Since 1921, the Wilton Garden Club has been dedicated to providing education, conservation, preservation and beautification in and around the town of Wilton, Connecticut. The Club boasts an active membership of roughly 90 individuals comprised of a highly diverse mixture of women and men of all ages. More information can be found on the Gardening Club’s website.