Local gardeners can find an impressive selection of plants, and help support the Wyndham House, at the Guelph-Wellington Master Gardener’s first-ever virtual plant sale.
The Guelph-Wellington Master Gardeners (GWMG) Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held online from May 20 to May 26. Pick-up dates for all sale items will be May 28 and 29 at 8121 Indian Trail in Rockwood.
Residents who attend this year’s event will be able to browse through an assortment of perennials, natives, annuals, woodies and vegetables. Most plants available for sale have been grown in their members' own gardens, says a release from the GWMG.
With the ongoing challenges and closures brought on by the pandemic, the release explains the group decided to pivot to an online format for its 2021 event. Residents can sign up for more information about the sale by entering their email into a newsletter on the GWMG website.
This year, GWMG will be donating 25 per cent of its sales proceeds to the Wyndham House. The rest of the funds will go to the group’s yearly operating costs and other outreach activities.
“As this year’s operating costs have been reduced, we have chosen to support youth in our community by donating 25 per cent of our proceeds to Wyndham House,” says Margaret Stewart, a 15-year Master Gardener member who serves on 2021’s plant sale planning group, in the release.
This sale, which is normally highly-anticipated among gardeners, is expecting more attendees due to the rise in interest in plants and gardening during the pandemic. The release explains this interest has also increased demand, resulting in a strain on the gardening supply chain.
“Since COVID, our gardens have become, for many more people than before, places of refuge and relaxation. Growing our own fruit and vegetables, our flowers, or just a beautiful plant offers us some sense of control and achievement in frightening times,” Stewart says in the release.
“Planting a tree translates into faith in the future."