Quick notes: pumpkins, a plant sale, and a plant swap

pumpkins-2_edited October 9, 2009.  Whether you are caught up on your gardening chores or not, here’s some events you may not want to pass up this Columbus Day weekend.

Ornamental Kale-2 10-09_edited mums-2 10-09_edited Gardeners with young children might wander through Staehly Farms’ rows of mums and kale like the Staehly picks pictured here, and other fall plants.   In the meantime, the kiddies will be happy with Staehly’s pick-your-own pumpkin patch, hay ride, Tiny Tot Hay Maze, and Hay Castle, open each weekend in October from noon to 5 pm.

Holly-Ilex meserveae 'Blue Maid' 2_edited Holly-Ilex crenata 'Helleri' 2_edited Gardeners seeking great plant bargains won’t want to miss the 20% off nearly everything during October sale at Ballek’s Garden Center.  I picked up a couple of holly plants to add more winter interest my views – a 5 foot tall, red berry covered Ilex meserveae ‘Blue Maid’ that  promises to grow another 3 feet in height and a lower-growing Ilex crenata ‘Helleri’ to pair with one I planted last fall– both simply beautiful.  But there’s bound to be even greater bargains for those who visit Ballek’s Columbus Day Weekend Tag Sale on Saturday and Sunday.  Many of my gardening buddies have added to their perennial plantings by grabbing some plants at this sale, but I’ll be busy planting the bargains I already brought home.

Plant lovers living in or traveling to the western part of Connecticut are sure to find some great plant trades at the Fairfield County Plant Swap at the New Canaan Nature Center, in New Canaan.  My friend and fellow garden blogger Debbie, at A Garden of Possibilities, led the charge for this fall plant swap, held from 8:30 to 10:30 am on Saturday, October 10.  Check out her post for more plant-swap information.

2 comments for “Quick notes: pumpkins, a plant sale, and a plant swap

  1. October 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm


    Thanks for the shout-out about the Plant Swap. I think the weather is supposed to cooperate so hopefully we’ll have lots of swappers.

    I dug up a bunch of pennisetum that I no longer want and ended up with 14 containers for the plant swap! I’m hoping to come home with a bunch of dee-resistant shade lovers.

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