ESSEX — You’re in for a treat on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, when the Essex Garden Club will have a one-day extravaganza in the Town Park on Main Street.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, there will be herbs and herbal gift creations as well as the Garden Club’s ‘world famous’ garlic salt, made from a closely-guarded secret recipe since 1953.
Always the star of Essex May Market are the ever-popular Members Plants. People have been coming to Essex on May Market day for years from all over New England to take advantage of the healthy plants dug and nurtured by the Garden Club members. These plants include perennials, ground covers, grasses and shrubs dug and potted from the garden club members.
An early sell out in the Members Plants area each year are the many varieties of tomato plants grown from seed and cultivated carefully. There will be 300 tomato plants, including many heirloom varieties guaranteed to grow in our climate. People start lining up at 8 a.m. to get the finest specimens.
On the other side of the park, the Annuals Tent will be stocked with the healthiest hanging baskets, and blooming annuals. Knowledgeable Garden Club members will be available to help with any questions on caring for the plants.
Back by popular demand this year is the all-natural compost available for sale.
The “Treasures” section is a great place to find gently used pieces of jewelry, garden pieces, planters, books, cnildren’s items, gardening tools and a mix of odds and ends. There will be lots of interesting finds for all ages.
The Silent Auction will have an incredible array of goods and services donated from many generous merchants. And back again this year is the Jewelry Tree. Here you will find an extensive and superb collection of vintage bangles, earrings, necklaces and pins.
The May Market Café offers donuts and coffee starting in the morning and light lunch fare at midday. Local Connecticut breads and honey will be for sale and make great gifts
May Market is the Garden Club’s only annual fundraising event. Proceeds support civic improvement projects, such as beautifying town parks and traffic islands in Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton. Plantings are also purchased for the Essex Town hall, Town Park and for public schools serving Essex students.
Funds also provide scholarships for high school seniors and college students, summer camper-ships for young students, and educational programs for Essex Elementary school and John Winthrop Middle school
May Market is truly a gardener’s dream. Come early and you will definitely find something beautiful for your garden or a special gift to take home. It is, after all, the quintessential Essex Event!