You can find some real bargains at plant sales - they are kind of like yard sales, only with plants, most of which were dug up from local backyards. The plants tend to be larger and less expensive than what you will find in nurseries and to be climate tested to thrive in our area. And these events raise a lot of money for local civic projects. So it's a win-win. But here's the catch: Ask a lot of questions and don't buy anything unless you get good answers. Some plants have been dug up for sale because they spread more than the owners like and they want to get rid of them! So beware of garden thugs.
I'm having a plant sale myself with neighbors at 375 Hillside Street, Milton, this Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday noon-3 p.m. featuring about a thousand perennials we've dug and divided from our own backyards, including some unusual ones. Most are only $5 and well behaved.
Here's a long list of others being held this week. You can probably find at least one near you.
The Marblehead Garden Club Plant Sale, The Star of the Sea Community Center, 80 Atlantic Ave. Marblehead, Saturday 9 am - 12:30 pm. Cottage Gardeners of Marblehead and Swampscott will be holding its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 19, 9-12:30, St. Stephens Church in Marblehead. Besides beautiful perennials from members gardens, and herbs, and vegetable seedlings priced very reasonably they will sell gently used garden tools and garden accessories.
Saturday 9 am - noon. The Medfield Garden Club Spring Perennial at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 North Street Medfield
Saturday 8:30a.m -11:00a.m. Brockton Garden Club Plant Sale featuring perennials from members gardens at the Brockton Parks Dept – 45 Meadow Lane, Brockton
Saturday, 9 am - 11:30 am, The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly at a new indoor location – the Beverly Senior Center at 90 Colon Street (down the road from the Briscoe Middle School). Proceeds will support civic beautification projects.
Saturday 9 am -2 pm, the Tewksbury Garden Club Will host their annual Plant Sale
at the Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury
Saturday at 8 am The Haverhill Garden Club Plant Sale will continue until it sells out of plants at Bradford Common, near 14 Church Street, Haverhill.
Saturday, 9 am - noon The Wareham Garden Club Spring Plant Sale will be held at the Olde Methodist Meeting House, 495 Main Street, Wareham
Saturday 9 am - noon. The Plymouth Garden Club Plant, Bake & Attic Treasures Sale
will be held at the Chiltonville Church, 6 River Street, Plymouth. Rain or Shine
Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm Garden Club of Hyannis Annual Plant & Bake Sale
“From Our Garden to Yours” Annuals, Perennials, Flowers, Herbs, Vegetables, Shrubs Home-baked Goodies Rain or shine. Proceeds to benefit the Scholarship Fund.
Location: Centerville Recreation Building, 524 Main St., Centerville MA
Saturday, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Acton Garden Club, "Plant Sale" on the Acton Center Common
Saturday, 9:00 A.M. - 12 noon Walnut Hill Garden Club of Hanover, "Biennial Plant Sale." First Congregational Church Riley Hall, Silver St. Hanover
Saturday, 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Marblehead Garden Club 81st Annual Plant Sale.
Plants from the Jeremiah Lee Mansion’s gardens, as well as those from members’ gardens, will be available. Selections include wildflowers, perennials, annuals, herbs, rock garden plants and ground cover plants. Garden Club members are on hand to answer questions and provide gardening tips. Location: Star of the Sea Community Center, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon, Holliston Garden Club's annual Plant Sale features perennials dug from members' gardens, high quality annuals, herbs and vegetables.
Location: Church Green, Rte. 16, Holliston
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. -12 noon Community Garden Club of Duxbury, "Plant Swap & Sale"
Location: Town Green, Washington St. Duxbury
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Andover Garden Club presents "Jeduthan Abbot House & Garden Tour" at 31 Lowell St. Andover
Tickets: $20 and can be purchased prior to the event (Tickets will NOT be sold at the door) Contact: Dana at 978-475-4451
Sunday 9 am - noon, The Country Lane Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, at the First Parish Chelmsford Unitarian Church 2 Westford Street, Chelmsford
Sunday, 10 am - 2 pm, the North Andover Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, Stevens Memorial Library, Main St., North Andover
Sunday, 7 pm, Beth Shalom Garden Club. “Containers, Containers, Containers” program by Carol Bello and Karen Gorton. Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Avenue, Needham. $5 donation requested. The floral designs will be raffled off!
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Stoneham Garden Club "Annual Plant Sale & Lobster Roll Luncheon" at All Saints Episcopal Church 79 Central St. Stoneham
Dracut Garden Club 3rd Annual Plant Sale, May 26, 2012 9:00 AM – NOON
Rain Date – May 27th– Featuring Garden Favorites, Vegetable Plants, Colorful Planters, Potted Flowers, Seedlings.. Location: Dracut Historical Society Lawn, Lakeview Avenue
May 26, 9 am -noon Osterville Garden Club Plant & Bake Sale
Osterville Garden Club Plant & Bake Sale, Special Features: Heuchera-Heucherella (Coral Bells), Herbs, Garden Items, Home Baked Goods. “Plant Doctor” Table
Location: Osterville Library Green, Wianno Avenue, Osterville