More than 250 donated trees and plants will be sold to raise money for the beautification of Amherstburg at the annual Fort Malden Horticultural Society plant sale in Toddy Jones Park Saturday.
“There’s going to be something for everybody,” said Linda Jackson, society treasurer and the plant coordinator for this year’s event. “It’s an incredible opportunity for anyone who loves to garden or who is thinking of starting a garden.”
Jackson and other volunteers will be at Toddy Jones Park at 7 a.m. Saturday setting out pots and plants and assorted gardening paraphernalia so they’re ready to roll come 8:30 a.m. The plant sale runs until 1:30 p.m. but you best be there early if you want to beat the crowds.
Saturday is also the opening of Fort Malden and the opening day for the Amherstburg Farmers’ Market in its new downtown location so there’s definitely going to be a buzz in the core.
“We so love the fact that we’re part of the Farmers’ Market,” said Jackson. “We are just so excited. It’s going to be a wonderful day. You have to come out and see the plants. If you’re a gardener, you’re going to love it.”
Society volunteers will be setting out their wares on and around six picnic tables and the variety is almost dizzying.
They have Larch trees that can live for 250 years and grow 30 metres high along with Linden Leaf trees.
They will also have Solomon’s Seal, Sweet Woodruff, Lavender, Shasta Daisies, Blue Irises, miniature white Lilies and Bleeding Hearts.
“If people want to create butterfly gardens, we’ll have a number of plants suitable for that purpose,” said Jackson.
The Fort Malden Horticultural Society is a non-profit that has been keeping Amherstburg beautiful since 1906.
The society donates $3,000 annually to support the town’s hanging basket program and their Monday night gardening crew takes care of a garden in King’s Navy Yard Park, a garden on Victoria Street and the Fort Covington Garden near the police station.
“We’re always looking to help the town,” said Jackson. “We’re so proud of our town.”
The society has about 50 members and is always looking for more.
A $10 membership gets you access to a monthly speakers’ series with tea, coffee desserts and prizes along with field trips, a Fall BBQ and discounts at area nurseries.
Anyone who signs up for a membership Saturday will be entered into a draw for a plant.
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