A garden club member prepares vegetable plants for the sale in the Ballard Greenhouse. —Contributed photo

As it has for more than seventy years, the onset of spring signals that members of the Ridgefield and Caudatowa garden clubs will be joining forces to host the Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale, a Mother’s Day weekend tradition. While winter still holds the rest of us in its icy grasp, the Ballard Garden Greenhouse plays host to industrious volunteers who begin sowing seeds and potting perennials months ahead in preparation for the sale.

This year’s Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale will take place on Friday, May 12 and Saturday May 13, rain or shine. The sale is held in the historic Ballard Garden and Greenhouse, located at the rear of Ballard Park, just off Main Street in Ridgefield. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to CVS.

The sale features gifts and specialty plants for every interest and ability level, including annuals, perennials, dahlias, herbs and vegetables, including many specialty and heirloom varieties.  Throughout the days, club members and Connecticut Master Gardeners are on hand to provide advice and to assist with plant selection.

A popular destination for Mother’s Day shoppers is the sale’s boutique, which features custom-made floral baskets, planters, and container gifts. The Plant Sale is also renowned for its hanging baskets and planters, filled with a variety of flowering plants, sure to be the highlight of any porch, patio or pool surround.

The Diggings and Donations area of the sale features perennials grown in the gardens of club members. Buyers know that these plants will thrive in climates and growing conditions similar to their own.

Proceeds earned over the two days support civic projects in town and help to maintain the antique greenhouse, willed to the town along with the land for Ballard Common, originally her home, Graeloe, by Mrs. Elizabeth Ballard, president of Ridgefield Garden Club from 1927 to 1930. For more info, please visit either caudatowa.com or ridgefieldgardenclub.com.