While the rest of us are dreaming of an end to winter, Ridgefield’s Ballard Greenhouse is filled with signs of spring. Volunteers begin to gather in early March, starting seeds and cultivating plants for the Greenhouse Plant Sale, held annually on Mother’s Day weekend for nearly 75 years.
This year’s plant sale will take place on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, rain or shine. The sale is held in the historic Ballard Greenhouse and Garden, located at the rear of Ballard Park. 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, with many specialty and heirloom varieties. Connecticut master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about plant selection and care.
New this year will be featured native plants, key to restoring habitats for butterflies, pollinators and birds. Expert volunteers will be available to discuss the benefits of native gardens and planting techniques.
A multitude of choices for Mother’s Day shoppers can be found in the sale’s Boutique, featuring floral baskets, container gardens and creative gifts. The plant sale is also popular for its hanging baskets and planters, filled with stunning varieties of flowering annuals.
The hugely popular Diggings and Donations area features perennials grown in the gardens of club members and in Ballard Garden. These Ridgefield-grown plants will thrive in our local climate and growing conditions. Many deer-resistant varieties are available.
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 Park by Mrs. Elizabeth Ballard.