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Wistariahurst Museum, Plant Sale
May 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
The annual Wistariahurst Museum Gardeners plant sale will take place May 18. Fruit and vegetable plants will be included in the sale and include: strawberries, heirloom tomatoes and hot and sweet peppers.
With the best bargains on all kinds of plants, carefully cultivated by our incredible team of volunteer gardeners, you won’t want to miss it! This event is VERY popular and we often sell out early. It’s not unusual for people to line up before gates open, so plan accordingly!
Proceeds from the sale will be used for the maintenance and restoration of the nearly 100-year-old gardens at Wistariahurst, originally the home of prominent silk manufacturer William Skinner and his family.
The sale will take place on the back lawn of Wistariahurst, between the end of the building and the rose garden. There is parking on Beech Street and at the senior center parking lot across Hampshire Street from the museum grounds.
Volunteers provide a secure place to leave purchased plants and assistance in loading vehicles, which pull up to a restricted loading zone.
Shoppers are asked to bring something to transport plants with on the grounds such as wagons, handcarts and wheelbarrows.
On the day of the plant sale, the gates will open at 9 a.m., and the sale will continue until about 1 p.m.
ABOUT THE GARDENS
During the late 19th Century, the Skinner family transformed the grounds of Wistariahurst from an empty to lot to a lush landscape of trees and lawn. A variety of trees were planted on the grounds, including maple, peach, pear, and apple. In the 1880s, wisteria vines were planted along the base of the house becoming a hallmark of the home and giving the property its name. Today, the gardens are maintained by a group of over two dozen volunteer gardeners and are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.