25th annual plant sale at Chateau Ste. Michelle on Saturday, May 8

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Growing_PerfectlyEvery year on the day before Mother’s Day, hundreds of enthusiastic amateur gardeners have lined up with boxes and wagons in the parking lot of Chateau Ste. Michelle, awaiting the opening of the Woodinville Garden Club Plant Sale at 9 a.m. On Saturday, May 8, the Woodinville Garden Club’s 25th annual plant sale will kick off at Chateau Ste. Michelle right on time.

Garden Club members have planted and nurtured over 15,000 plants to near perfection. Now it’s your turn: Choose from choice annuals, perennials by the gallon, salad bowls, and voluptuous hanging baskets. This is the year to plant a "Victory Garden," and we have vegetable seedlings and our famous tomato plants to get you started. Prices are reasonable, and free advice is available. This is also a great way to complete your Mother’s Day shopping list.

All plants available at the sale are grown by the members in a beautiful greenhouse made available by a generous homeowner in Woodinville. Teams of members meet twice each week beginning in February, to seed, transplant and groom nearly 15,000 plants. On a special day at the beginning of April, the beautiful flower baskets are planted with geraniums and spectacular cascading annuals. By the time of the sale, they will be overflowing with beauty.

The club’s famous tomato plants, grown from seed to sturdy one-gallon size, will include a dozen varieties, including heirlooms, especially well-suited to our Woodinville climate. The tomatoes are so dependable and popular; they are often the first item to sell out.

Proceeds from the sale are used to fund the club’s many projects, including purchase of the famous flower pots lining Woodinville’s main street, the gardener and basset statue at DeYoung Park, and the entrance arch at Jerry Wilmot Park. Two scholarships are given to students of horticulture or environmental science each year.Parking is plentiful and accessible, carryout assistance is available, and plenty of boxes await you. New this year is a gardening book sale; dozens of books recycled by members will be sold at low prices.

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