Ellsworth Garden Club hosting expanded Pink Tulip Festival and Plant Sale

ELLSWORTH — On Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the Ellsworth Garden Club will be hosting its annual Pink Tulip Festival and Plant Sale to support breast cancer awareness as well as the Donald Little Park Endowment Fund.

As a breast cancer survivor herself, Stacey Giancarlo has for several years spearheaded the club’s Plant It Pink Program at its park and at the elementary-middle and high schools as a way of giving back to the community that supported her recovery and combating a disease that has claimed so many less fortunate than herself. The public is encouraged to wear pink in support of the cause and be prepared for an expanded and lively spring fair with attractions for all ages.

An even wider array of plants will be on offer this year: shade and sun perennials (including delphinium, columbine and monkshood), bulbs (including oriental and calla lilies and Peruvian daffodils), shrubs and trees and herbs. There will also be a huge selection of vegetable and flower seedlings including many species and varieties not commonly offered commercially.

The Ellsworth High School Class of 2019 will be selling cucumbers as a class fundraiser, and all other plant sale proceeds will go toward the endowment fund for the Donald Little Park, which the Garden Club has owned and maintained since 1955.

A wide range of activities both fun and educational will be offered for children and adults. The Fletchers Landing Philharmonic Orchestra will provide music, and Star 97.7 will broadcast live on site while participants explore the donuts, baked goods, fresh produce, hot dogs and drinks that will be available. There will be a tea tent serving a “pink” English tea with scones and sweets from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and for the younger folks there will be butterfly wings, pollinator and amphibian hats and free pollinator plants as well as balloons and face painting.

There will be planters, books and other garden-related items for sale, and Garden Club Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to offer gardening advice as well as guidance in making the best use of the native, heirloom and pollinator plants to be featured at the sale. Themed garden design templates for cottage, shade, fragrant and butterfly gardens will be available free of charge. There will also be booths featuring other nonprofit organizations such as the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and commercial displays.

The public is encouraged to come early to benefit from the best selection of plants and food.

For more information, contact Mary Blackstone at 667-8878.

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