The Club’s annual Plant Sale, which takes place every year in May on the Friday and Saturday before Mother’s Day, is a beloved spring tradition for all gardeners. The Plant Sale has been held in various forms over the past 81 years. The first, in 1939 when the Club had just 35 members, consisted of several dozen plants dug from members’ yards. Since then, these “plant digs” as they’ve come to be known, have become a staple of the Club, serving as a hugely popular bonding experience for members. Friendships are forged and laughs are shared as members work side-by-side digging, potting and labelling well in excess of a thousand plants over a period of three weeks.
The exponential growth of the Plant Sale has been amazing to witness. From its inauspicious start in 1939, the Plant Sale now includes pollinator plants, wildflowers, herbs, vegetables, perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs, patio containers, hanging flower baskets, beautiful decorative baskets, and the addition of a greenhouse pre-sale on the Wednesday before the sale. Far beyond the free gardening advice cheerfully doled out by members, the proceeds from the sale are used for the upkeep of the town’s many gardens as well as the Club’s numerous outreach programs and philanthropic endeavors. Those 35 members would be proud to see how the Plant Sale has evolved over time, becoming a vital part of the Wilton community and an important source of its beauty and charm. In many ways, things haven’t changed much at all since our very first Plant Sale more than 81 years ago: For members, it still serves as a vehicle where friendships can be formed across generations and town lines.