Community Plant Sales and Garden Clubs
Chester Plant Sale
The Chester Plant Sale will take place on the side lawn of Saint Luke’s Church, 313 Main Street, Chester, on Friday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 2, from 8 to 11 a.m. Get hardy perennials from Vermont gardens, as well as some special, hardened annuals not found locally. A wide variety of generous pots with fresh soil and weeded plants await purchase, including varieties of iris, hostas, ornamental grasses, day lilies, sedum, yellow pear tomatoes, many kinds of herbs, and so much more. Plus some shrubs, such as Little Princess Spirea. There will also be information on invasive plants and knowledgeable gardeners eager to give advice on plants and design. Profits will benefit both the Church and the new Chester-Andover Elementary School playground. For questions, call Lillian Willis at 802-875-1340.
Garden Club of Manchester
The Garden Club of Manchester presents ‘Creative Floral Design for Home and Show’ at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Manchester Community Library. Creative floral design is fun, and easier than you think! In preparation for the GCM Flower Show on June 20, designer Trish Manfredi, an NGC accredited flower show judge, will demonstrate, using non-traditional containers as well as interesting and unusual components gardenclubofmanchester.com.
Bennington Community Garden
To sign up for a plot at Bennington Community Garden, visit their new website at benningtongarden.org.
Manchester Community Garden
The Manchester Community Garden has plots available for organic gardeners. The Garden is sponsored by the Manchester Tutorial Center, and it is located at the Manchester Rec Park. There are 10 by 10-foot and 5 by 10-foot plots. There is a yearly $25 membership fee, and growers must sign and abide by the garden rules. Interested gardeners can call Joan Ambusk at 802-824-3642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veteran’s Community Garden
The Vermont Veterans’ Home have opened its Community Garden to support members of the Veteran community in the Bennington area who have a desire to grow their own organic food but don’t have the space at home. Veterans and their families may sign up for a garden plot to farm free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Veterans Home will prepare the soil and establish the individual plots. If interested, contact Jon Endres at 802-447-6528.
Plants Needed in Sunderland
In 2015, local gardeners donated plants to the new Sunderland Town Hall. The gardens have thrived and will even be a bonus stop on the Arlington Garden Tour in July. Colleen York is hoping to freshen them up in time for the tour, and is asking neighbors to pick up an extra plant or six pack to donate; full sun plants that don’t need a lot of watering are best. Colleen will be at the Town Hall on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, or call 802-375-6513 for pick-up.