Plant sales go live again
PLANT HERITAGE GUERNSEY will have its first live plant stall of the year tomorrow after several have been held online.
It is at Sausmarez Manor’s farmers’ market and is an opportunity to meet members face to face again and for gardeners looking to spruce up their patch to get advice and suggestions.
Plant Heritage committee member Linda Fermont said it had been a busy couple of months during lockdown.
‘We had to adapt and put everything online,’ she said.
‘It was hard work and we would rather have done a sale in one big hit like when we have our stalls, but it was good experience and it had its advantages, including introducing 10 new members to our committee.
‘Now we’re back and we have a lot to offer.’
The stall will feature a large range of the more unusual plants and shrubs, such as fuchsia excorticata, that has been grown by members together with plants including clematis and irises to give colour in the garden during summer and on into autumn.
Also available will be panicum, a type of grass seed that Mrs Fermont said was something new and was something flower arrangers really liked.
The only thing different that would not be available to those heading down on Saturday would be vegetable and annual plants now that summer is upon us.
For committee members, the stall is much more than what is on offer.
‘It’ll be nice to see everyone in person and chat,’ added Mrs Fermont.
‘We usually see a lot of regulars who ask us for our advice on the best plants to get for their garden, such as what’s best for a shady garden or what’s best for a windy garden – it’s really something we enjoy helping with and good fun.’
. There is free admission to the market, which is open between 9am and noon.
. For information about Plant Heritage Guernsey, visit www.plantheritageguernsey.org.uk/.