By Kate Daly | Special to the Almanac
Local garden club members will be selling hundreds of plants and sharing a wealth of materials and wisdom at their "Every Day is Earth Day" event at the Woodside Library Native Plant Garden on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Woodside-Atherton Garden Club members have spent months preparing for this biennial sale, growing their favorite plants ranging from salvias to succulents. With a little extra rain this past winter, they say, everything is off to a good start, primed and ready to find new homes in the spring planting season.
Members have collected dozens of sought-after plants, shrubs and trees at wholesale nurseries to provide buyers with a wide selection of drought-tolerant natives.
"All of the plants we are offering thrive in our Mediterranean climate, and some do double duty benefiting the environment like the narrow leaf milkweed Asclepias fascicularis, where monarch butterflies lay their eggs," says plant sale co-chair Kathy Francis of Woodside.
Plants will be divvied up into categories such as natives, pollinators, kitchen garden, and roses. Wagons will be supplied and student volunteers from Woodside School will help customers roll purchases to their cars.
New this year, Barron's Mobile Sharpening Service will be stationed in the parking lot to tune up gardening tools and knives. And expert advice will be on hand at the Ask-the-Master-Gardener Booth.
"Monarch Butterfly Lady" Eleanor Laney and Craig Dremann, the ecologist and seed expert who helped restore parts of Village and Kite hills in Woodside, will answer questions.
Club member Anne Schoebel of Woodside will lead floral design demonstrations, providing tips on how to arrange living baskets, which will be for sale.
A garden lovers' boutique will feature products such as gardening hats and gloves, homemade lemon rosemary bath salts, and avocado citrus honey.
The event will go on rain or shine. Admission is free.
Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward maintaining the Woodside Library Native Plant Garden at 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside, and other civic projects supported by the club.
Go to WoodsideAthertonGC.org for more information.
Kate Daly is a member of the Woodside-Atherton Garden Club and co-chair of this event.