By Jeanne Nevard
PEPPERELL -- The Pepperell Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, at a new spacious location at the Pepperell Senior Center, 37 Nashua Road.
Billed as one of the largest and most popular plants sales in the area, it is known for its members' hardy dug plants, annuals, locally grown veggies and herbs, shrubs, ground covers and much more.
If you are a new or an experienced gardener, there is surely something for everyone. "Garden Groupings" is a unique collection of selected trays of six choice plants for either sun or shade locations. It is an easy solution to fill in an existing landscape or a "garden to go." They feature different bloom seasons, heights and textures.
New this year, will be a "Native Plants" table. The top reasons why natives are important: they attract native pollinators; are cold hardy; are pest and disease resistant; need less water, fertilizer and mulch; increase wildlife value; promote biodiversity; and add beauty with a purpose.
Some desirable offerings include Mayapple, Virginia bluebells, yellow-root, northern sea oats, bloodroot, bugbane and bearberry to name a few.
Many old-time favorite perennials hand dug by members include peony, globe thistle, ligularia, fleeceflower, sedum, cranesbill geranium Biokova, astilbe, a variety of hybrid daylilies and so much more.
Shrubs and trees may also be purchased at extremely reasonable prices, such as doublefile viburnum, dwarf summersweet, sweetspire, boxwood and lilac.
As always, club members will be on hand to offer their advice for your garden design questions, plant choices, combinations and solutions to beautify your landscape.
Large tents will be erected should there be inclement weather.
Please, no early birds, as the members are working hard to set up the sale. Bring your own trays if you like; box trays will also be available.
The plant sale is the sole fundraising event for the Pepperell Garden Club. Funds from the sale are used for numerous beautification projects throughout town, including the rotary, plantings on Main Street, Town Hall, containers throughout the town, holiday greens and wreaths on public buildings, and scholarships for local students.
For information visit ttp://webpages.charter.net/pgc/Welcome.html.