Spring has sprung, and you know what that means – it’s time to get back into the garden to figure out what plants need to be moved, and where you can squeeze in some new ones!
Our plant sale is a great place to find strong, healthy new additions to your garden and windowsills.
WHEN: Saturday, May 20, from 8 am until 2 pm, unless we sell out early. (That has happened for the last few years!)
WHERE: 1105 West Golf Road in Libertyville
WHAT: A wide variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, bedding plants and vegetable starts, as well as houseplants to enjoy year ’round, along with various and sundry garden-related items.
WHY: Proceeds benefit the club’s scholarship fund and programming
An important update:
This year’s sale will differ from those in years past, as we will not be featuring plants dug from members’ gardens. This is due to the rapidly expanding presence of invasive jumping worms. While their name sounds funny, the effects they have are not – according to Cornell University, “Asian jumping worms devour organic matter more rapidly than their European counterparts, stripping the forest of the layer critical for seedlings and wildflowers. Jumping worms grow twice as fast, reproduce more quickly, and can infest soils at high densities. In areas of heavy infestation, native plants, soil invertebrates, salamanders, birds, and other animals may decline. These invasive worms can severely damage the roots of plants in nurseries, gardens, forests, and turf. They, along with other invasive worms, can also help spread invasive plant species by disturbing the soil.”
Our own Morton Arboretum is undertaking a significant study of the impact these worms have on the ecology of our forests.
In the meantime, our club, as well as many other garden groups, are endeavoring to help stop the spread of jumping worms by halting the sharing and sales of plants from our individual gardens.