September 25, 2022

Essex Garden Club Hosts May Market Today

Shoppers enjoy all the attractions of Essex garden Club's May Market.

Shoppers enjoy all the attractions of Essex Garden Club’s May Market.

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Essex Garden Club’s May Market.  The Market will be held Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, in the town park located on Main Street in Essex Village.

Always popular, the Members’ Plants section of the market will offer prized perennials, ground covers, grasses, and shrubs dug and potted from the gardens of club members.  These plants, grown and locally dug, are proven winners in a microclimate and soil similar to other area gardens like yours.

There will be 300 tomato plants, including many heirloom varieties guaranteed to grow in our climate. Colorful assortments of annuals and hanging baskets will be displayed for sale.  Succulents, including Aeoniums, Crassulas, and Echeverias, plus other unusual plants have been ordered.  Knowledgeable club members will be available to assist in choosing just the right plants for containers or gardens.

Herbs and herbal gift creations will be available just in time for Mother’s Day as well as the Garden Club’s famous garlic salt, made from a closely guarded secret recipe since 1953.

The herbs are always a particular draw at the May Market.

The herbs are always a particular draw at the May Market.

Fun to browse through is the “Treasurers” section, featuring jewelry and gently used home and garden items.  Garden pieces, planters, urns, gardening equipment, as well as cook books, horticulture/gardening books, children’s items and an assortment of odds and ends can be found in this area.

“Connecticut’s Own” will again offer products made in our own state of Connecticut.  “Three Sisters” create honey, soaps, candles, lip balms, hand creams and more.  Our delicious and wonderful edibles include maple syrups, jams, marinades, pepper jellies, and fabled breads.  Look for more items to be added!

The Silent Auction tent offers many interesting and unique items for bidding, all from a select group of local merchants.  These items include tickets to performances at local theater and musical groups, antiques, garden items, wines, cheese, jewelry, art, and many other special items that will bring competitive bidding from morning until early afternoon.

The May Market Café is a welcoming gathering place to enjoy a bite to eat or a cooling/warming drink.  Choose from a varied menu including grilled hot dogs, chips, and entrees from Chef Michael of Essex Yacht Club.  Coffee and donuts will be available for the early morning shoppers.

May Market is the Garden Club’s only annual fundraising event.  Proceeds from purchases support the Club’s educational and civic improvement projects.  These funds enable the Club to beautify the landscapes of our town parks and traffic islands.  Annuals are also purchased for the Essex Town Hall, Essex Fire Department, Essex Landfill and Recycling Center, Centerbrook Post Office, Silent Policeman, and to the Ancient Order of Weeders who plant the islands on Route 154.

Importantly, May Market funds provide scholarships for high school seniors, college students, summer camperships for young students, and educational programs for Essex Elementary School and John Winthrop Middle School.

May Market is a gardener’s delight. Come and join the fun and you will undoubtedly find something beautiful for your garden or for someone special in your life.