Garden Club’s sale draws crowd

May 14, 2022

Before 9 a.m. on Saturday, a small crowd had already gathered at the Methodist Meeting House for one of the year’s biggest events for area gardeners: The Wareham Garden Club’s annual plant and yard sale. 

“We were out of most stuff by 9:30,” said club member Bunny Hayes.

By the time Wareham Week arrived at 10, club members said that almost nothing was left of the original spread — carefully set up by volunteers on Friday and starting at 7 on Saturday morning. 

Still, a selection of herbs, native plants, wildflowers and other plants sat on card tables, patiently waiting to be selected for a new garden home.

Many of the plants are dug from club members’ own gardens, rooted and planted in the bottom of an almond milk carton, a yogurt container or reused containers from nurseries.

As shoppers browsed, garden club members shared their wisdom about how best to tend to the various species.

Lesley Reid, one of the club members working the sale, said that this year, customers were especially interested in native plants. She said she thought the sale was busier than in past years. By 10 a.m., she said it felt like noontime as everyone had been so busy.

Inside the meeting house, a variety of vases and home decor items were on offer alongside handcrafts inspired by nature, like one homemade birdhouse adorned with a beautiful piece of bark.

Also for sale were a variety of baked goods and the garden club’s cookbook.

Visitors were also given a free copy of a small herb recipe cookbook compiled by the Garden Club, which features treats like lavender lemonade, rosemary cookies and flower salad.