Chelsea Area Garden Club

Plant Sale

Saturday May 11, 2019

Annual sale 8 a.m.–noon (rain or shine)

Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

20501 W. Old U.S. Highway 12

Chelsea, MI

 

Chelsea Area Garden Club Hosting 21st Plant Sale May 11

by Mary Jo Frank

The Chelsea Area Garden Club (CAGC) will host its 21st annual plant sale 8am-noon May 11 at the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 Old U.S. 12. Admission is free.

“The plant sale is a wonderful opportunity for gardeners to enhance their yards and flower or vegetable beds,” notes CAGC President Susan Moore. “We’ll be selling locally grown perennials, ornamental grasses, vegetables, herbs and other plants, including some 600 daylilies.”

“Native plants and perennials that attract pollinators – especially bees, and Monarch and other butterflies – will be featured at a special table. Bee balm, coneflowers, daisies, helianthus, lavender, and yarrow are among the easy-to-grow plants that can used to create a pollinator-friendly landscape,” says plant sale co-chair Merrill Crockett.

Many pollinators that are critical to our environment are in decline due to habitat loss, degradation and use of pesticides. “Gardeners can help by adding native plants to their gardens, providing pollen for bees and nectar and habitat for butterflies and caterpillars,” Crockett says.

Plants on the pollinator table and others sold at the plant sale are collected from members’ and friends’ gardens. To make shopping easier, plants are organized by type, including whether they grow best in shade or sun. Most sell for $5 or less. GAGC vice president and sale co-chair Cathy Gillem says, “We’re very proud of the quality of our plants.”

The sale is held rain or shine. Come early for the best selection, advises sale co-chair Mary Randolph. As in the past, members of Chelsea High School Service Clubs will direct traffic and help shoppers load their cars. “We really appreciate their assistance,” Randolph adds.

Plant sale proceeds are used for horticulture-related community projects and college scholarships. CAGC 2019 grant recipients include the Chelsea Senior Center to hire a summer intern to work with seniors and children at its Intergenerational Garden, the Chelsea Farmers Market for children’s gardening activities, and Faith in Action (FIA) to hire a summer assistant to help set up and take down FIA’s vegetable garden in front of its building on Main Street in Chelsea. Additionally, the club will award $1,000 scholarships to two 2019 Chelsea High School graduates.

CAGC members also plant and maintain flowers along Chelsea’s Main Street and at the Chelsea District Library.

The CAGC meets noon to 2:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month, September through May at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St. For information, call 734-475-9748 or visit fb.com/chelseagardenclub

 


Plant Sale (2016)

chelsea garden club plant saleBy Mary Jo Frank

A growing number of Chelsea area gardeners have discovered the Chelsea Area Garden Club plant sale is a terrific way to kick off the gardening season. Scheduled the Saturday before Mother’s Day, the event is an opportunity to stock up on high quality locally grown perennials, ornamental grasses, daylilies, vegetables and herbs.

The club will hold its 18th annual sale 8 a.m.–noon May 7, rain or shine, at the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 W. Old U.S. Highway 12, Chelsea.

Chelsea District Library Technology Librarian Ron Andrews (photo) says, “I always find it so much fun shopping because the plants are well laid out, and the pricing/payment system is easy to use.” Knowledgeable volunteers help with plant selection and “increase my knowledge of plants that ‘work’ in Michigan. They also help load my purchases into my vehicle.”

ron andrew chelsea library

Chelsea District Library Technology Librarian Ron Andrews says, “I always find it so much fun shopping because the plants are well laid out, and the pricing/payment system is easy to use.”

“Plants are organized by type, including whether they thrive in shade or sun, so it is easy for customers to find the right plants for their gardens,” says Mary Randolph. She and Cathy Gillem, plant sale co-chairs, lead fall and spring digs, where volunteers collect and pot plants from members’ and friends’ gardens.

“We are proud of the quality of our plants and that we sell most for $5 or less,” Mary says.  “Some rarer plants are priced higher.”

Proceeds from the plant sale are used for civic beautification, scholarships and grants for horticulture-related community projects.

Cathy recommends customers “Come early for the best selection.”

Free admission.  For more information, call 734-475-9748 or visit https://www.chelseagardenclub.com/

 

 


Events

2016

May 7th, 2016: 18th Annual Plant Sale at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds ~ 8 a.m. to noon

Fall Lecture: TBA. Each autumn, the Chelsea Area Garden Club sponsors a public lecture to promote gardening in the Chelsea area.

2015

Oct 6th, 2015: Professional gardener, designer, author and educator Janet Macunovich joined us on October 6th to discuss “Bulbs: Choosing, Planning and Growing in the Perennial Garden” at the Chelsea Area Garden Club’s autumn gardening lecture at the Chelsea District Library, who cosponsored the lecture.

Macunovich is co-owner of Perennial Favorites, a landscape and design company located in Waterford, Michigan. She discussed varieties and species of bulbs used to create early season displays and summer accents, good sources for bulbs, and effective ways to integrate bulbs into perennial gardens.

The former Detroit News gardening columnist and author of Designing Your Gardens and Landscapes: 12 Simple Steps for Successful for Planning, 8 Months of Color for U.S.D.A. Hardiness Zones 4, 5, 6 & 7 and Caring for Perennials, has taught and lectured at Cranbrook House and Garden Auxiliary, Detroit Garden Center, and the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens, among other venues.

May 9th, 2015: 17th Annual Plant Sale at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds ~ 8 a.m. to noon

2014

Oct. 9th, 2014: Nathan Ayers, sustainability expert and founder of Michigan-based Chiwara Permaculture Research & Education L3C, showcased perennial agriculture techniques at the Chelsea Area Garden Club’s autumn gardening lecture 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the McKune Room, Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St. The public is invited.