Berkshire Botanical Garden & Olana Hold Plant Sales Plus
This weekend some of us get to play the Mom card. And what better way than by acquiring plants—something to love and nurture through that early, iffy period that doesn’t then up and leave once it finally gets fabulous. Two special sales, one at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, the other at Olana, vie for our attention. If we play that card right, we get to go to both.
Buyers at the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Friday/Saturday event can choose from thousands of annuals, perennials, wildflowers, ferns, grasses, ground covers, vines, shrubs, trees—all pre-screened for viability in our region. There will be Gardens-in-a-Box, hanging baskets, pre-planted containers for sun and shade, pre-planted pots of succulents, and mini potagers of lettuce and herbs. Compost from Holiday Farm in Dalton, MA will be sold by the bag, and there will even be a special selection of “Celebrity Plants” from the gardens and greenhouses of local luminaries—Karen Allen, Jim Bouton, Marge Champion, Dick Button, Peter Serkin, and Margaret Roach. Garden staffers and knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to assist, answer questions, and provide practical gardening advice. Says director of horticulture, Dorthe Hviid, “We’re promoting hard-working plants that can withstand the often challenging growing conditions found in the Berkshires—workhorses such as Leucanthemum, Agastache, Hydrangea paniculata, Calycanthus, Daylilys, Hosta, Iris, Geranium, Amelanchier, Cotinus, Clematis, and Viburnum. Combined in mixed borders, these tree and shrub shapes not only provide winter interest, they give permanent height, scale, and texture to traditional perennial beds.” In addition to plants, there will be vendors offering garden accessories and seasonal specialty foods, plus a Garden Tag Sale of pre-owned tools, pots, gardening books and cookbooks. On Friday, Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery will give a talk on rare plants.
Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 33rd Annual Plant Sale
Routes 102 at Route 183
Friday, May 7, 8 - 11 a.m. Early Buying (members only)
Friday, May 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open Buying
Talk by Adam Wheeler, Broken Arrow Nursery , Friday, 1 p.m.; $30
Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open Buying
Members receive a 10% discount. Memberships, which may be purchased or renewed the day of the sale, start at $45
Then on Sunday at Olana’s Mother’s Day Plant Lecture, Bob Hyland, co-owner and principal of Loomis Creek Nursery, in Claverack outside of Hudson, will give an instructive talk on the art of designing garden borders for sun and shade, followed by a sale of “Olana inspired” plants, in the distinctive Loomis Creek palette. Families are encouraged to make a day of it, to picnic and participate in Olana’s free public programs.
Olana’s Mother’s Day Plant Sale & Talk
5720 State Route 9G, (south of) Hudson; 518.828.0135
Plant sale: 1 - 4 p.m.
No pre-registration required.