Maryland weather has gardeners eager for planting. The month of May is full of some exceptional heirloom, native and specialty plant sales plus the opportunity to tour some historic gardens.
8AM Summerseat Farm 8th Annual Plant Sale. It’s time once again for Summerseat Farm’s 8th Annual Plant Sale. This plant sale is not only a sale but an occasion. We have for sale colorful annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetables, grasses, shrubs, trees, hanging baskets, planted pots, crafts and wood works, specially made up gifts for mom, a courtyard cafe for breakfast or lunch and drinks. Our sale selection changes from year to year, depending on what is available to us. Some of the plants come directly from Summerseat’s own gardens. The lovely old house dating from 1884 will be open for tours. The farm area will be open to you to look around at the variety of animals, including a herd of American buffalo (bison) and a herd of Barbados sheep (hair sheep). Be sure to bring your camera. There will be a petting zoo, planting seeds for the kids, and they can play in the corn pool. There is even a walking trail. We’ll have exhibits, a Master Gardener Q&A and information table. Follow the signs. Free parking and admission. 301-373-6607, 301-373-5858, www.summerseat.org 26655 Three Notch Rd (Rt 235 S.), Mechanicsville
9AM Sotterley Garden Plant Sale and Exchange. Buy or exchange your way to a beautiful garden! The Plant Sale will run for the full extent of the day, where guests are able to purchase plants from Sotterley’s Colonial Revival Garden. The Free Plant Exchange will run from 10:00 a.m. to Noon only. Your plants in exchange for other annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bulbs and seeds! 301-904-3439, www.sotterley.org Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood
May 8 & 9:
10AM Paca Garden Plant Sale Take a piece of the William Paca Garden home with you. Garden volunteers raise hundreds of perennials, annuals, woody plants, and vines in the garden, both heirlooms and brand new introductions. Staff and volunteers are on hand to help you select the right plant for every corner of your garden. A perfect outing for Mother’s Day! Enter at 1 Martin Street. Saturday from 10am-4pm, Sunday from 12 noon until 4pm. Admission is Free annapolis.org, 410-267-7619 William Paca Garden, 1 Martin Street, Annapolis
12PM Lets Get Ready for the Herb Festival! What types of herbs should you grow in your garden? We will help you select the right ones! Learn which herbs are culinary and which are aromatic, which ones grow in the park, and which herbs are worth more than gold! Our greenhouse will be open for those who can’t wait to purchase their plants! No pets please. Please pre-register. $4/adults, $2/children 5 and under. 410-396-0808 Carrie Murray Nature Center 1901 Ridgetop Road Baltimore
10AM 3rd Annual Garden Affair. Free. Educational Horticulture Exhibits: Container Gardening, Vegetable Gardening, Rain Gardens, Shoreline Plantings, Rain Barrels, Composting, Ask A Master Gardener, Beneficial Bugs. Local Community Organizations: Adkins Arboretum, Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage, Corsica River Conservancy, Centreville Advanced Ecology Club, University of Maryland Extension "Bee Man" Mike Embry Plant & Herb Sale Children's Activities: Craft table, Scavenger Hunt, Who polluted the Chesapeake Bay, Story Time, Face Painting. 410-758-0166 Centreville Library & Historic Wrights Chance, 121 S. Commerce St, Centreville