Gardeners’ Guide for May 12, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

Editor’s Note: The Gardeners’ Guide is a seasonal rundown of gardening related events. Listings are free. Email: features@recorder.com. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration is required.

Field Library

Pre-Mother’s Day Tag and Plant Sale: Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Includes a variety of locally grown potted perennial plants, including locally grown lupines. Also a large assortment of yarn, books, DVDs, VHS tapes, jewelry and knick-knacks. Held as the Field Library’s annual fundraiser. Field Library, 243 Millers Falls Road, Northfield.

Pioneer Valley Fern Society

Mother’s Day Fern and Wildflower Walk: Sunday, May 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m. See spring wildflowers and ferns near a waterfall. Led by Randy Stone, Pioneer Valley Fern Society. Some uneven or muddy ground. Free. Rain cancels. Chard Pond, Falls Road, Sunderland. pioneervalleyfernsociety@gmail.com.

Greenfield Garden Club

Annual Plant Sale Extravaganza: Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garden Club members will be on hand to help pick plants and answer questions. Soil testing also available. Held in conjunction with the church’s Handmade Makers Mart Craft Sale. Episcopal Church of St. James and Andrew, 8 Church St., Greenfield. Email greenfieldgardenclub@yahoo.com for more information.

Leverett Historical Society

Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser: Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. to noon. Held rain or shine. Gardener Dawn Marvin Ward will help assist with plant choices and gardening questions. Plant donations welcome, and can be dropped off behind the Leverett Town Hall during the week prior to the sale. Please label all donated plants. Leverett Town Hall, 9 Montague Road, Leverett. 413-367-9562. Dawnmarvinward57@gmail.com.

Forbes Library

“Seasonal Floral Arrangements”: Saturday, May 12, 2 to 4 p.m. at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. Learn how to use plant materials gathered in the yard and garden to create beautiful arrangements for your home. Starts with an outdoor demonstration of best practices for collecting plant materials, followed by the creation of unique display pieces in the Community Room. Led by horticulturalist Kate Stafford. Bring pruners and a container or vase for your arrangement. $20. Limited to 15 participants.

Northampton Garden Tour: Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held rain or shine. Tour tickets coming soon and available in advance at Forbes Library, Bay State Perennial Farm, Cooper’s Corner, Hadley Garden Center, North Country Landscapes & Garden Center, and State Street Fruit Store for $15, or for $20 on the day of the tour at Forbes Library only. Includes a raffle, with items on display at the library. Two tickets for $5, or five tickets for $10. Raffle tickets available at the library. Proceeds benefit Forbes Library. Visit bit.ly/2I1scyb for more information.

Westhampton Public Library

Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buy perennials, edibles and permaculture plants. With speaker Jono Neiger, author of “The Permaculture Promise.” Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton.

Hilltown Seed Saving Network

Seventh Annual Spring Plant Swap: Sunday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come with extra seedlings and plants to share. Dozens of homegrown varieties of tomatoes, beans, kale, wildflowers and many other crops available, as well as perennial, pollinator-friendly and medicinal plants. Those who are bringing seed are encouraged to register online at seednetwork.herokuapp.com. All levels of gardening experience welcome. $5 to $10 suggested donation. Cummington Community House, 33 Main St., Cummington. www.hilltownseeds.wordpress.com.

William Cullent Bryant Homestead

“Home Sweet Home — The Art of the Garden: Inspiration Grows Here”: Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special tours, gardening and family-friendly activities offered at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. Refreshments provided. Free. Visit bit.ly/1TtXgpS for more information, email acaluori@thetrustees.org or call 413-684-0148.