Garden Club’s Annual, Perennial Event Set For Friday

Forget the wet weather.

Actually, celebrate it: You don’t have to worry about watering your plants.

Don’t have any to water? You’re in luck!

The Westport Garden Club‘s annual plant sale rolls onto the Saugatuck Congregational Church big, green lawn this Friday (May 6, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Profits from the sale fund scholarships, and help the club maintain many town gardens and historic cemeteries.

Despite the rain (and a few lingering frosts), there’s plenty of stuff for sale.

Last week, Westport Garden Club members divided existing plants (hardy, native perennials), and created new ones.

Last week, Westport Garden Club members divided existing plants (hardy, native perennials), and created new ones.

The wide array features native varieties that thrive in our (varied) Connecticut climate. Some species — like Baptista, wild geraniums, Rudbeckia, Amsonia and Seaside Goldenrod — are not available in commercial outlets.

Those are the same plants the club will use to refurbish Grace Salmon Park on Imperial Avenue. They’ve tended it since the 1970s.

Many of Friday’s perennials come from members’ gardens. Ever since 1994, when then-plant sale chair Pam Weil requested 20 “perky plants” from each member, those donated varieties are called “perkies.”

Perkies remain the mainstay of the sale. In-the-know gardeners stand in line on sale day to get the best ones.

On Friday — like every year — they’ll be there early.

This year, with umbrellas.

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