William Paca garden plant sale scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend

Sale of William Paca garden plants 2018

Historic Annapolis and William Paca Garden will be holding their annual Plant Sale on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7-8, 2022. Take home a piece of history by choosing from flowers, shrubs, vines and vegetables. All the plants are propagated from the garden or grown in the greenhouse by Jardin Paca volunteers. Gardeners will be on hand to recommend choices for your growing conditions.

Whether you’re tending to a shady grove, sunny ground, native habitat, or want to encourage pollinators, you’ll find delightful additions to your garden. Perennials on offer include springtime glories like Solomon’s seal, Jacob’s ladder, bloodroot and mayapples. Hyssop, balm bee, black-eyed Susan, and two types of milkweed are some of the many native plants that feed butterflies and beneficial insects. Five varieties of ferns and many variegated hostas can fill a shady corner. Bearded irises, daylilies and roses will take you back to your grandmother’s garden.

Annual flowers are also a reminder of those days of old, and gardeners will help you plan patio containers that will bloom all summer long, overflowing with zinnias, marigolds and petunias. Mexican sunflower, canna lilies and cleome make spectacular focal points on the border. You can celebrate the Fourth with blue and red salvia mixed with a white petunia. As you pass the time in the garden, you will see little fairy lilies opening their shy flowers after a rain, while four o’clock will open to tell you aperitif time.

The vines range from the sweet simplicity of morning glories to the intriguing mocha scent of cross vine. Moonflower puts on a show every night by unfurling its trumpet-like white flowers. The hyacinth bean is still popular with its showy purple flowers, but now there’s a white variety too! The climbing hyacinth vine, also a new offering, will make a major statement climbing up a sturdy support laden with white lace flowers.

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Native woody plants include bald cypress, redtwig dogwood, papayas, Virginia sweetspire, and oakleaf hydrangea. Many old favorites are also on offer: broomhead hydrangeas, butterfly bush, hibiscus, spirea, and Japanese maple. The corkscrew willow gives a new twist to the scene!

If you are a market gardener, you face a buffet during this sale. Tomatoes come in a rainbow of colors this year, from zebra green to gold to purple. Generous pots of basil plants complement the tomatoes. Chives, dill, sage, rosemary and lemongrass are tasty, as are cucumbers, eggplant, peppers and melons.

Sales hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Entrance to Jardin Paca is at 1 Martin Street, Annapolis. Due to the current pandemic caution, entry is now by timed ticket. Members of the public can begin registering for a free timed entry slot April 22 (Historic Annapolis members can register April 20) at annapolis.org. Plants remaining after the in-person sale will be sold online from May 16, to be picked up the following weekend from the garden. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Historic Annapolis and William Paca Garden programs. Admission to the Jardin Paca is free for buyers of the Sale

For more information, visit www.annapolis.org or call 410-267-7619.

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