April 23, 2018

Essex May Market Celebrates 60 Years of the Essex Garden Club

The 2012 Essex Garden Club May Market, a true harbinger of spring, will open on Saturday May 12 from 9 to 2 in the Town Park, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Garden Club.  This year, the market will also be open on Friday afternoon from 3 to 5 (with the exception of Members’ plants sold only on Saturday).  This fundraising event which began as a small plant sale across from the Griswold Inn has become an eagerly awaited garden extravaganza. It features annual plants, herbs, garlic salt, gently used home and garden treasures, special gifts for the garden, worms for composting, members’ plants, a Café for lunch and a Silent Auction.

Waiting for the opening bell

The Annuals Tent will be filled with beautiful plants and hanging baskets for purchase at good prices. Also, available will be those plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds as well as plants that like sunny or shady areas. Potted herbs can be sold separately or arranged in baskets by the Club members to make charming hostess or Mother’s Day gifts.

Gifts for the Garden tent will feature gems for the garden including trellises, frames, handmade items from recycled plastic, shrubs, specimen trees, containers and more.

The Treasures Gazebo will offer slightly used household and garden items and include the favorite Jewelry Booth.

The Club’s famous and beloved garlic salt, has been an essential fundraiser since it was developed in 1953 from a closely guarded recipe brought to the Club by Mrs. Malcolm Pitt.   As in demand today as it was in 1953, it will add zest to any meal.

On Saturday May 12, the Members’ Plant sale, Garden Café and Silent Auction will open with the ringing of the bell. Refreshments will be available bright and early with fresh donuts and coffee.  Lunch offerings will include clam chowder, sandwiches, bowls of chili and chili dogs. Top off your lunch with a luscious homemade dessert.

The Silent Auction will feature an array of items donated by local merchants, such as a freshwater pearl necklace from De Paula Jewelers, a weekender bag by Vera Bradley from The Saybrook Country Barn, and an English silver-plate wine bottle holder from English Accents Antiques.  Other prizes include tickets to plays and concerts, specimen trees and shrubs, gift certificates to area merchants, and a private tour with refreshments in a Club member’s garden.

Finally, the sale of healthy plants, dug, potted and nurtured by members from their own gardens will include perennials, ground covers, evergreens, flowering shrubs, grasses and even some native trees.  Different varieties of young tomato plants, seeded and cultivated by local Girl Scouts, supervised by Junior Activities members, will be ready for planting in our own gardens.

May Market is the Essex Garden Club’s only fundraising event.  The proceeds are used to support the Club’s educational and civic improvement projects, new and ongoing in the villages of Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton.  May Market also provides camperships for young students and scholarships for high school and college students.

Come join us to find that special something for your garden!