Salem UMC to hold an­nual iris, plant sale

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - el­[email protected]­ton­ By Elisha Mor­ri­son

For the fifth year, one lo­cal gar­dener will share her love for plants and help her church raise funds with the an­nual Iris and Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day, at Salem United Methodist Church.

“Ev­ery­thing comes from my yard,” said or­ga­nizer Phyl­lis Kirt­ley, whose more than 3-acre gar­den is an of­fi­cial dis­play gar­den for irises, daylilies and daf­fodils and is of­ten com­pared to Gar­van Wood­land Gar­dens.

Each year, Kirt­ley has to dig out and di­vide her many plants as they mul­ti­ply. Be­fore she be­gan the sale, she would pass on these plants to friends, but she joked she ran out of friends.

She re­al­ized she could help her church and share her love of these plants by hold­ing a yearly plant sale.

Kirt­ley plans to in­clude tall beaded irises, Louisiana irises, reg­is­tered daylilies, Siberian irises, ground cover and as­sorted peren­ni­als.

Each plant will be la­beled by type of flower and va­ri­ety, plus a pic­ture of what the plant should look like when it blooms.

She plans to have 100 dif­fer­ent bearded irises, with two to six of each va­ri­ety. There will be 30 to 40 dif­fer­ent daylilies.

She wants to give the com­mu­nity a good se­lec­tion of all the plants she is of­fer­ing.

The irises will be $8 or less. The daylil­lies will vary from $5 to $15, de­pend­ing on the plant. The ground cover and other plants will vary in price.

“They are things you will not find in a big box store,” Kirt­ley said.

The church will be able to ac­cept cash or check only, no credit cards.

Kirt­ley said the church de­cides what it uses the money for.

She feels this event is great be­cause most peo­ple do not know about the many va­ri­eties of daylilies and irises that have dif­fer­ent col­ors and styles.

“It opens their eyes to what is out there,” she said.

Kirt­ley is a mem­ber of sev­eral lo­cal and na­tional clubs for daylilies and irises. She tries to pro­mote those or­ga­ni­za­tions at the sale. She brings older is­sues of club jour­nals to give to those who are in­ter­ested. The jour­nals in­clude mem­ber­ship in­for­ma­tion.

Any­one who wants to see where she grows the plants is wel­come to stop by her gar­den at 265 Woodridge Lane in Ben­ton.

“It is a very nice yard,” she said.

She has any­where from 400 to 600 va­ri­eties of irises grow­ing in the space.

Any­one in­ter­ested in view­ing the gar­den or who wants to know more can reach her at 501-626-7258.

For the sale, shop­pers are en­cour­aged to shop early for the best se­lec­tion of plants.

The church is lo­cated at 1647 Salem Rd. in Ben­ton.


Sev­eral va­ri­eties of irises, day lilies and other plants will be avail­able dur­ing the Salem United Methodist Church an­nual Iris and Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day, at the church.

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