May Garden Events Part 2

This is a really exciting weekend for plant sales and I realized that my previous post April/May Sales, Swaps & Tours was getting too long.

My comments are in italics, otherwise the event descriptions come from the organizations. I've also found the events list on to be a valuable resource, especially for classes and talks in the greater Boston area.

Arlington Garden Club Plant Sale

Sat. May 21, 9 to 12,
Jason Russell House (corner of Mass Ave & Jason St.), Arlington Plants, pots, books, etc. Master gardeners on hand to answer questions.

I suggest getting to the Arlington sale as early as possible - great deals on good plants and people are lurking around ready to pounce as soon as they start selling. Bring a box or tray to carry your stuff. my post from last year

Belmont Garden Club Plant Sale

Sat, May 21, 9-12
In front of the Lion's Club, intersection of Common St and Royal Road
Belmont, MA

Perennials. info

It is also Belmont Town Day, including a car show, a dog show, and a dunking booth, which could be a lot of fun if you are into that kind of thing, but expect some traffic and High St. will be closed to cars.

Spring Plant Sale: South End

Sat, May 21 10-2
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Lawn
41 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA

Everything from heirloom vegetable seedlings and native perennials to organic fertilizers and salt marsh hay. event info and plant list

I put in a few volunteer hours at City Natives potting up seedlings in preparation for this sale. The vegetables looked good but I was really excited to see the selection of native plants, even edibles like elderberry, blueberry, and service berry.

Tower Hill Plant Sale

Sat, May 21 members 9-11, public 11-2
11 French Dr, Boylston, MA 01505

Plant Sale requires General Admission for non-members but you can visit the gardens before and after the sale. event info and vendor list

Plot Talk: Soil Testing

Thursday, May 26 5:30-6:30
Belmont Victory Gardens
Rock Meadow, Belmont MA

Kathy Martin of Skippy's Vegetable Garden will join me at the Belmont Food Collaborative Plot (#132) to demonstrate how to prepare soil samples and interpret the test results. If you have your own soil test results, feel free to bring them. We'll also talk about organic soil amendments. This is open to the community - no rain date, if we have to cancel, I'll post it here on the blog.

Check out Belmont Food Collaborative's projects and consider volunteering to help tend their Food Pantry gardens.

Gore Place Plant Sale

May 27-29 9-4
52 Gore St., Waltham, MA 02453
event info

Vegetables, herbs, annuals, and hanging baskets.

I'm sure I missed some. Be sure to check out the library for workshops, the Trustees website is a great resource for all sorts of events, workshops, and classes.