Church plant and peren­nial sale pro­ceeds will go to good causes

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - KATHY REN­WALD kathyren­wald.blogspot.ca Instagram:kathyren­wald Kathy Ren­wald Pro­duc­tions Inc.

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.

KATHY REN­WALD PHO­TOS, SPE­CIAL TO THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

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.

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