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Heirlooms to star at May Mart

Rachel Basinger | for the Daily Courier
Martha Oliver, with the West Overton Garden Society, shows some heirloom tomato plants (called Abe Lincoln’s) that she has been growing to donate to the society’s upcoming May Mart event.

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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 1:41 a.m.
 

Gardeners will soon have the opportunity to purchase heirloom and other types of plants that aren't usually found in the big box stores.

The West Overton Garden Society will host its annual May Mart fundraising event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Jessica Barclay, managing director of West Overton Village & Museums, said this is the biggest fundraiser for the garden society.

“I think it's become popular because everyone's itching to dig in the dirt this time of year,” she said. “Things are popping up and there's a general excitement of growing things. Besides that, I think heirloom plants are making a comeback.”

Kristan DiBiase, a member of the garden society, said May Mart coincides with the museum's opening day.

“People come to get their plants and to tour the museum at the same time,” she said.

Witt's Nursery will provide several types of perennial plants at the sale. Sunny Sprouts will be back again with unusual plants.

“Last year they brought goji berry plants to sell and they usually bring a new, interesting plant that seems to be popular at the time,” DiBiase said.

Marlene's Baked Goods will be on hand to sell baked goods and coffee for the event.

Gloria Miller, also a member of the garden society, said there will be a swap table, where individuals can bring a plant to put on the table and then take a plant from the table.

Heirloom plants, including several kinds of tomatoes, will be on sale, as well as interesting herbs. Last year chocolate mint and pineapple mint were among the unusual herbs.

“It seems every year that it just keeps getting better and better,” DiBiase said. “I think it's become so successful because we continue to try and have new and unusual plants that you just can't find in the big box stores.

“We have good, healthy plants and the community knows that the proceeds do support the gardens at the museum,” she added.

Miller said the money is used to beautify the gardens and grounds at West Overton.

She added that the society is a working garden society with members getting together weekly to weed, plant and harvest around the museum grounds.

“We're always looking for members and we'd welcome anyone who would like to join,” Miller said, adding there will be information on the society and how to join at the May Mart.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

 

 
 


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