By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer
Northborough – The tradition since 1957 of the Northborough Garden Club’s annual spring plant sale continues as the group prepares for this year’s sale, which will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m, to 12 p.m. at Ellsworth-McAfee Park pavilion (route 135).
The volunteer, nonprofit group had their first meeting in May 1925, and currently have 43 active members. The plant sale is one of their biggest fundraisers each year featuring a variety of hardy, sun and shade loving perennial plants, herbs, and ground covers. Most of the plants for sale are grown and donated from the group’s members and community members.
Longtime club member Christine Cobb said that the plants are great quality.
“The plants are ones that you know will thrive in this area because they are already growing in yards throughout the community,” she said. “Garden Club members with many years of experience will also be available to offer gardening tips and advice on choosing plants at the sale.”
The sale will take place rain or shine, and the proceeds support the club’s annual $1,000 scholarship, town beautification projects, and grants awarded to the Northborough schools.
Raffle items will also be available.
The Northborough Garden Club’s objective is to promote, encourage and foster an active interest in gardening, horticulture, beautification of the home and community, local civic projects and conservation. They welcome new members to their monthly meetings held September through June. Membership is only $25/year. Workshops and presentations are free and open to the public and typically feature a horticultural topic, craft project or a seasonal floral design. A supplies fee may be involved.
The second largest fundraiser of the Garden Club is the Holiday Enchantment floral design event held in November, which features a luncheon and a guest speaker.
The Garden Club’s touches are seen all around town. They maintain planters and garden areas by the Ellsworth-McAfee Park sign, fire station, police station, Northborough Historical Society, and old town hall building. They also donate monthly floral arrangements to the Northborough Senior Center and the Northborough library, which are displayed in the lobby areas.
“The greatest thing about being a part of the group is making friends with new people and the knowledge I have gained from information shared by members with more gardening experience,” said Cobb.