It's a one-of-a-kind sale in a one-of-a-kind environment, with the wonderful volunteers of the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxilary staffing the sale. They have all sorts of plants available - perennials (often donated by the volunteers or grown in the greenhouses), herbs and vegetable plants (started in the greenhouses), succulents, annuals, and other garden items. All of those things are quite lovely and just what you would expect at any other plant sale (and a great way for the auxilary to raise money), but not reason enough to drag your two small daughters with you (at 4 years and 1.5 years of age). The Native Plant section of the sale IS that good though!
(It's also good enough to have you risk being late - or actually be quite late - picking up your children from preschool or kindergarten for several years in a row. It's good enough that if you are bald and not feeling great from your 2nd chemo infusion that you would beg your husband to go in your place. It's also good enough that you might, like I did last year, take your 5th grader out of the school in the morning to have her join you on your excursion. It's SO good, that even if you mostly quite like your new job, you might just contemplate quitting it so you could be at the sale when it opens at 10am.)
Did I say I love the Native Plant section? I love waiting in line with all of the other die-hard gardeners, listening to them plot as to what they want to grab first. I love seeing all of the people in line with their friends who share their gardening fervor (haven't found my friend yet...I think I am growing them right now in my home though). I love the fact that the volunteers spend hours and hours in the cold wet springtime saving our state's native wildflowers from building sites, and then come back all dirty to pot them up for the sale. I love having a chance to buy and tend these native plants in our yard (s - I moved them with me when I came to this house!...left a few for posterity).
I'll be sad to not be in line right at 10am, but am most definitely planning to spend some of my afternoon there tomorrow. I may even pick up a 6th grader early from school, and convince my loving and wonderful husband to drive the soccer carpool for me so I can peruse for longer! I'll let you know what I select!
For now, here are some pics:
Here are my two garden buddies in 2006!
Trillium, in 2007
Moved to the new house...here is 2011
This year! You can see how much further along everything is after the warm spring...it's only 2 days later. The trillium are all pinky...the Solomon's Seal are in their glory.