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Plant sale a perennial favourite at Bradford United Church

'It's a community effort,' says gardener of popular event that attracts green thumbs and bargain hunters alike

The Perennials Plus Plant Sale at Bradford United Church always attracts bargain-hunters looking for exceptional perennials for their home and cottage gardens.

That’s because they know that all the plants – including lilies, hostas, peonies, ferns, Bleeding Heart, Rhubarb, and shrubs - come from local gardens, and are hardy and well-adapted to the Canadian climate. 

In fact, the plants come from Bill Jermyn’s garden, Carol Bertram’s garden, the church garden and from several other local gardening enthusiasts.

“It’s a community effort,” said Bertram.

Prices are based on the pot size, but are generally $10 or less. And there’s an added bonus: the growers are on hand to provide planting advice and information, from the colour of the blooms to the preference for sun or shade.

At the start of the sale on Saturday morning, the basement at Bradford United Church was filled with plants, covering table after table. By noon, more than half were gone, as enthusiasts picked up the perfect plant, for that corner of the garden.

And the 'Plus'? There were unusual seeds, rare varietals, and a selection of tomato plants, beans and other vegetable seedlings, for the backyard garden

More for gardeners:

Spring Plant Auction. The Bond Head-Bradford Garden Club’s annual Plant Auction fundraiser takes place on Thursday, May 23 at the Danube Seniors Leisure Centre, 715 Simcoe Rd. in Bradford, 7 p.m. Cash only please.  Refreshments.

Tailgate Sale, Plant Sale, Bake Sale and Barbecue at the South Innisfil Arboretum. The Innisfil Garden Club holds its fundraising sales and BBQ at the Arboretum, at the corner of Shoreacres Drive and 20 Sideroad, on May 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To rent space for the Tailgate Sale contact Lucy Valente 705-716-5848; to contribute to the Bake Sale contact Sharon Wice, 705-456-3316; and to donate plants, call Mona Rea, 705-456-3123.


Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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