The garden club will hold a plant sale on May 14 – Leader Publications


DOWAGIAC – Local residents who don’t yet have “bot-any” spring plants will soon have their chance thanks to a local club that wants to knock your stems down with a few offers.

The Dowagiac Town and Country Garden Club is holding its third annual Perennial Sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14 on Commercial Street Plaza between the Post Office, District Library and Beckwith Theater in downtown Dowagiac.

The plants, all grown and maintained by club members, will primarily include perennials such as black-eyed Susans, hostas, chrysanthemums and various herbs. Plus, the first 50 people to stop by the sale will receive a free White Dogwood sapling.

“Spring is about two weeks late, so their growth might be a bit slow,” said club president Cathy Daniels. “But, everything we have is beautiful and healthy.”

In addition to whole plants, the club will be selling zinnia starter kits, ferns, succulents and various other ground cover plants.

“Almost everything we sell is also good for pollinator gardens,” Daniels said. “Above all, it feels good to see everything grow again after the long winter. … The girls in the gardening club are ready to get their fingers dirty.

Proceeds from the sale of the plants will go towards club projects, such as filling in the large planters in downtown Dowagiac, maintaining the public gardens at the Beckwith Theatre, Main Street Cannon and the Blue Star Memorial at Riverside Cemetery .

In other club business, Daniels was Spill the Beans’ newest speaker at the Cass County Council on Aging in Dowagiac, and said the club is generating some interest.

“We had a great turnout, it was good,” Daniels said. “There was a lot of interest in people starting gardens, and even a few people asked to join the club.”

For more information on selling plants or to join the garden club, call Daniels at (269) 357-4025.


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