Church plant and perennial sale proceeds will go to good causes
Is this the summer you’ll make your garden a magnet for butterflies, birds and bees and add native plants and Carolinian species to your collection?
If so, you’ll want to go to the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton Perennials and Plant Sale. The sale is this Saturday, May 13, on the grounds of the First Unitarian Church at 170 Dundurn St. S. from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Many of the plants will come from church member gardens, dug up and potted for the sale, so they will be adapted to our growing conditions.
Some of the perennials for sale will include the easy care black-eyed Susan, coneflowers, sedums and phlox.
Early bloomers are especially important for butterflies and bees. I saw more butterflies in my garden in April than I saw all last summer.
For spring bloomers, the sale includes violets, lily of the valley, lungwort, hellebores and bleeding heart. Many of the members’ plants will be in the $1 to $10 range.
Vendors specializing in native and Carolinian species, including shrubs, trees and seeds will also be at the sale.
Sassafras Farms carries seed mixes blended for specific uses including native meadow, wetland areas, forest edge and rain gardens. They are also known for their shrubs and trees sold in plug trays for larger restoration projects. Talondale Farm will be selling native plant seedlings.
In addition to the plants, there will be food, music and experts to help answer garden questions. Tickets for this summer’s Blooms for Africa garden tour will also be for sale.
Proceeds will support social initiatives of the First Unitarian Church, including volunteer programs at Eva Rothwell Resource Centre, and the furnishing of the common room at Sacajawea Non-Profit Housing.
Bleeding hearts and other spring bloomers will be on sale this Saturday at First Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn St. S. from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Coneflowers will be among the offerings at the sale. In addition to their beauty, they provide habitat in the garden.