Garden Club plant sale is perennially popular

May 20, 2023

From Elm Street to near Route 6, parked cars lined Main Street for the Wareham Garden Club’s annual plant sale, held at the Methodist Meeting House on Saturday, May 20. 

“Every year, it’s a mob at 9 o’clock,” said Garden Club President Judy Morgan. “The community loves it, they look forward to it.”

The plant sale, held every May, helps fund the club’s community service efforts and scholarships throughout the year.

Around 50 people were ready at the sale’s 9 a.m. opening, perusing the organized tables of houseplants, herbs, vegetables, flowers, gardening supplies and baked goods. 

All of the perennial plants, which live for multiple growing seasons, were grown and picked by garden club members. 

Garden club members stayed rooted to their tables, answering questions about how to care for each plant and giving advice on buyers’ decisions. 

“There’s so many talented women in the club that grow these plants,” said club member Judy Galavotti. 

No one remembers sure how long the plant sale has been happening, but Ellie Eldridge, the longest-running member of the garden club, said she’s been attending for about 25 years. 

“Without the plant sale, [the garden club] wouldn’t be able to have all the plantings they have,” Eldridge said, referencing the club’s garden plot at the lighthouse gates or the Memorial Garden on Minot Avenue.

Those garden plots are organized by Garden Club Chair of Civic Beautification Lesley Reid. She also runs a weekly volunteer event called “Weeding Wednesday,” where garden club members clear out weeds, rake leaves and trim bushes in public areas, such as in front of the police station and the library. 

“It brings a pop of color as you’re going through the town,” Reid said. “It shows that we care about the town.”