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Ellsworth Garden Club festival and plant sale scheduled for May 19



ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Garden Club’s annual Pink Tulip Festival and Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Donald Little Park on State Street.

Proceeds will help to support breast cancer awareness as well as the Endowment Fund for the park, which the club has owned and maintained since 1955.

The public is encouraged to wear pink in support of the festival theme and come prepared to enjoy a lively spring festival with attractions for all ages.

There will also be an abundance of plants and gardening-related items economically priced to kick off another season of gardening.

This year there will be a large selection of vegetable and flower seedlings, including many species and varieties not commonly offered commercially.

Additionally, there will be shade and sun perennials (including heirloom and pollinator plants such as delphinium and native plants such as bee balm and columbine), tubers and bulbs (including seed potatoes, day lilies, dahlias and oriental lilies), herbs, shrubs and trees.

There will be a large selection of reasonably priced ($4-$6) and hardy trees available to order for pick-up later in May.

This family-friendly event will have a wide range of activities and informational booths available for children and adults.

The Fletchers Landing Philharmonic Orchestra will provide music, and Star 97.7 will broadcast live on site. Hot dogs, donuts, drinks, baked goods and fresh produce will be available. For the younger folks, there will be free plants as well as balloons, and a scavenger hunt with prizes.

Planters, books and other garden-related items will be for sale in addition to a gardener-friendly raffle.

In order to help festival participants to make the most of the selection of native perennials and trees that will be available for purchase, there will be a gardening advice table run by club members who are also Master Gardener Volunteers. They will have informational brochures and sample themed garden designs/templates suitable for a range of habitats.

There will be recommended plant lists for local landscaping, and information about the progress on the preparation of a Green Plan for the city of Ellsworth — a community initiative launched by the Garden Club in January 2017.

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