Huge garden sale May 13 in Hansville

The annual Flotsam and Jetsam Garden Club Spring Sale will be held May 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Greater Hansville Community Center at Buck Lake County Park.

Customers will find a variety of perennials, trees and shrubs, vegetable starts, berries, herbs, succulents, grasses and native plants. There also will be an assortment of garden art and tools, along with baked goods to celebrate Mother’s Day. Sherry Pollard said they will be packaged in decorative displays. Garden Club Sale director Marina Huggins Dye said that new this year will be “a variety of small gift baskets with goodies temptingly displayed inside.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of tomato plants have been grown in a large Seattle greenhouse tended by gardeners who are experts in cultivation and management. Past president Nancy Peregrine then gifts them to the club for the sale. Varieties include well-known favorites in four-inch pots such as Stupice, Sun Gold, Super Sweet and Siletz while others tantalize with their very names: Black Cherry, Brandywine Pink and Pink Berkely Tie Dye.

Ground covers, sedums and grasses are always popular and economical for those starting a new garden. Needing little care, “They can quickly fill up an area before the weeds take over,” said Mary Cannon, who runs that area.

Best-sellers in the houseplants and decorative succulents division are eclectic and unusual offerings from Spider plants and Ponytail Palms to Burrows Tails and Kalanchoes. A rainbow of color in annual plants will be created by marigolds, cosmos, nasturtiums, geraniums and sweet pea starts while classic perennial offerings will include various types of salvia, lilies, “Chocolate Stars” Corydalis, hardy fuchsia and dahlia tubers.

Bonnie Chandler, who created the garden tools section a few years ago, said, “If you don’t need it anymore, a different gardener will.” She and her team collect and clean donated tools such as shovels, spades, trowels, racks, watering cans and rebar stakes.

Also, throughout the year, garden art donations are collected from members, neighbors, friends and businesses, and then the committee cleans and refurbishes pieces. Additionally, shoppers will find concrete-painted leaf castings suitable for the outdoor gardens as well as fused glass stakes and mobiles. Both have been created in workshops sponsored by the club, now in its 55th year.

Co-directors Dye and Nancy Pouzer said proceeds support local scholarships and grants as well as educational experiences for members with speakers and field trips throughout the year.