June 24, 2019

Mark Your Calendar for Essex May Market

Beehive of Activity: Essex Garden Club members gather at Cross Lots for their annual preparation of members’ plants for the big May Market sale on Saturday, May 7, 9am-2pm, at the Village Green on Main Street

The Essex Garden Club’s only fund-raising event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from 9am -2pm on the Town Green in downtown Essex Village,  and this year, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever—and that’s saying a lot. Ask anyone who has lived in Essex for any period of time and they’ll tell you it’s worth getting down to Town Park early on the morning of May Market. 

When the bell rings, it’s open season for buying the finest, healthiest plants in town at the best prices.  The plants have been nurtured by Garden Club members, marked out in members’ gardens in the fall before the cold weather sets in, mulched and fertilized to be ready for digging up at the first sign of spring.  Garden Club members work for weeks before May Market, digging the plants, putting them into pots, watering them daily and making sure that only the finest plants are set out for sale.  If you want to see the operation, take a walk up the drive to Cross Lots Park starting the week before May Market and you’ll observe a flurry of activity, as hundreds of plants are brought to the central holding section, divided for potting and then lovingly planted in screened and sifted organic potting dirt and lovingly watered until the big day.

Plants aren’t the only items for sale at May Market.  There are booths with herbs, hanging baskets, annuals, succulents, tomato plants, gourmet items, garden ornament items and slightly used but wonderful treasures.  You’ll find all kinds of goodies to make your garden a thing of beauty.  Many varieties of garden planters and flower pots in a large variety of materials, styles and sizes will be for sale.  On hand to help you make your choices are the Garden Experts, who will offer you help in making your choices—explaining the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials used for garden planters, flower pots and window boxes.  They’ll help you select the right plants for the container garden of your choice.

New this year will be a large silent auction tent featuring an incredible array of goods and services donated by 25 local businesses—many of them from favorite Essex Main Street merchants. We can’t give you the whole list now, but we can tell you there will be lots of exciting items — an overnight reservation at an inn,  a dozen roses per month for a year, a personalized home/garden photo album, a handcrafted birdhouse, theatre tickets, and exciting gift certificates. And everyone, whether you garden or not—can put in a bid. This Big Tent Silent Auction will be a centerpiece of the new May Market.  —photo album, a handcrafted birdhouse, theatre tickets, and exciting gift certificates. And everyone, whether you garden or not—can put in a bid. This Big Tent Silent Auction will be a centerpiece of the new May Market. 

Don’t forget—Saturday, May 7 is the date to remember! P.S. It falls on the day before Mother’s Day, so come with Mom and help her choose the garden items she’s always wanted!

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