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Plants for sale at West Overton's May Mart

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:45 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer
The gardens of the West Overton Villages and Museums will be ready for the Saturday May Mart as they begin to bloom for summer.

Many gardeners in the area have been doing their spring plant shopping at the West Overton annual plant sale for years, and this year shoppers won't go away disappointed as there will again be plenty to choose from at the morning event.

The “May Mart Plant Sale” brings interested parties to the site very early in the day as they line up ready for the sale, but everyone will have to wait until it officially starts.

“They aren't allowing anyone in until it starts at 9,” said Jessica Kadie-Barclay, West Overton Village and Museums managing director, of the event that draws crowds from all over the area to shop for perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, hanging baskets, herbs, houseplants, hybrids, heirloom varieties and more.

The event, which is in its 10th year, is hosted by the West Overton Garden Society.

“The sale will be held in the basement distillery that is underneath the museum,” Kadie-Barclay said.

In addition to the plants, there also will be coffee and home-made pastries for sale.

All proceeds from the May Mart event will be used by the West Overton Garden Society for the maintenance and upkeep of the grounds.

Saturday is a special day at the site as it also will serve as the kick off the season for the museums, which will open at noon.

“We will open at 12 that day as our opening day for the season,” Kadie-Barclay said, adding that after the opening day, museum times will be noon-5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment.

New for the opening this year of the museum will be an interesting interactive exhibit that will give area residents a chance to examine some wonderful old photographs in the attempt of possibly identifying them for the museum.

“We have been going through our archives and cataloging what we can and we have found over 200 photographs that are listed as unidentified,” Kadie-Barclay said. “We are now going to use them to build an exhibit and we are asking the community to help.”

Kadie-Barclay said a few photographs will be displayed every month and mounted on a board.

Visitors are then invited to examine the Victorian era pictures and encouraged to participate in the identification.

“There will be little note cards and if you recognize a location or have any information, we are asking you to write it on the cards and pin it up beside the photo,” Kadie-Barclay said. “It could possibly be a clue to help the next person identify the photo and the person in it. This could be fun and hopefully helpful.”

The May Mart and opening will be held rain or shine and free parking is available.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.