Plants Sales Support Multidisciplinary Learning in Your Backyard

Community Plant Sales & Swap Support Local Causes & Embedded Learning

Tending to a family garden not only provides food for your family and adds beauty to your surroundings, but the process of growing and caring for plants brings with it ample opportunity to learn about everything from edible plants to soil science! Here in western Massachusetts, gardening season is just kicking into full swing – meaning it’s time to start planning and planting your family garden!

Before choosing envelopes of seeds and six-packs of seedlings, it’s important to create a plan for your garden. Without proper planning, plants might end up being overcrowded, poorly positioned, or not properly cared for. It might be most efficient to let garden planning be a task for adults, but involving children in the process can empower them with responsibility while offering multidisciplinary learning. Get kids thinking about annuals and perennials, and the benefits of permaculture and xeriscapes. Using tools such as Math in the Garden curriculum or naturalist Sharon Lovejoy’s book Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children, families can discover ways for children to practice math, science, sustainability and literacy concepts all by participating in planning the family garden.

Another title that would be great to have in your family garden library is Slugs, Bugs, and Salamanders: Discovering Animals in Your Garden. Putting into context the concept of the food chain, this book will use the family garden as a launch into learning about pests and their natural predators.

Once you know where you’ll be growing your garden and what types of plants you’d like to put in them, commit to locally sourcing your plants. This time of year our region is rich in plant sales & swaps, giving families many options for obtaining locally-grown plants that have been dug up from the gardens and properties of other community members, local farms and community gardens.  Along side, six-pack containers filled with potting soil and starter plants, you might also find more interesting things like cuttings from trees and bushes, potted house plants, wildflowers & grasses, medicinal & culinary herbs, hand-preserved (dried and harvested) seeds, and plants that aren’t usually grown straight from seeds – like asparagus roots and rhubarb crowns.

Many of these plant sales are also fundraisers that support valuable community resources like libraries, schools and museums, and often times the community member whose garden the plant originates from is on hand to answer your questions and offer gardening tips. Even if you’re not gardening or your gardening space is very small, plant sales are a fun place to freely share gardening information with one another, supporting kids in their development of gardening skills. Check out these upcoming plant sales in Western MA!

2012 Spring Plant Sales & Swaps in Western MA

2012 Spring Plant Sales & Swaps

Plant swaps and sales take place all over Western MA in the spring time. Here we’ve started a list of swap/sales happening in the region. Add your community or organization swap HERE.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

11am-5pm in Stockbridge: Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale takes place this weekend!  There will be tons and tons of plants, many locally grown, as well as antiques, a container garden design station, and gardeners available to offer help and advice.  Find the perfect plants to plant in your garden.  413-298-3926.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

8:30am-2pm in Williamsburg: Find plants to expand your garden with at a plant sale in the Williamsburg Town Center today!  There will be a wide variety of locally grown plants, including hanging baskets, miniatures for rock gardens, and more.  Visitors can get advice from master gardeners, and there will be soil testing from 9am-12noon.  Benefits the town’s elementary schools and Hampshire Regional High School.

9am-1pm in Northampton: Northampton Save Our Schools is having their 16th annual plant sale at Smith Vocational School!  Along with plants, there will be compost, garden furniture, and other treasures for sale!  80 Locust Street.  413-537-4437.

9am-12noon in Ashfield: Peruse locally grown plants at the Ashfield Congregational Church’s annual plant sale!  There will be perennials, annuals, herbs, and veggies (come early if you want perennials!).  413-625-6967.  429 Main Street.  

9am-5pm in Stockbridge: Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale takes place this weekend!  There will be tons and tons of plants, many locally grown, as well as antiques, a container garden design station, and gardeners available to offer help and advice.  Find the perfect plants to plant in your garden.  413-298-3926.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  

10am-2pm in Plainfield: Celebrate the groundbreaking of a new community garden at the Guyette Farm!  There will be an introduction to the garden space, a groundbreaking with oxen, opportunities to learn about tool use and maintenance, guided walks around the farm, baby lambs, and a plant sale!  Come to the Hilltown Spring Festival following this event. Gloyd Street.

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

8am-1pm in Athol: The North Quabbin Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale at the Millers River Environmental Center. 100, Main St.

9am-3pm in Sunderland:  The Sunderland Library is hosting a plant, book, and bake sale today!  Acquire some new plants for your garden, some treats, and new reading material, all while helping raise money for the library.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.

9am-12noon in Buckland: Visit Red Gate Farm today for their spring open house!  The event includes a great plant sale (gather up some things to plant in your garden), hayrides, tours of the pond, a chance to meet goats, and a flower pot painting activity for kids.  413-625-9503.  4 Norman Road.

9am-1pm in Shelburne Falls: Fill your garden this weekend with plants from the annual Bridge of Flowers plant sale!  Proceeds benefit upkeep of the bridge.  Takes place at Trinity Baptist Church.  Main Street.

9am-1pm in Holyoke: The Wistariahurst Museum’s annual Gardeners’ Plant Sale takes place today!  Bring a wagon for easy shopping – there will be plants for indoors and out, and tons of uncommon varieties!  Learn about plants and expand your garden.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.

11am-5pm in Sturbridge: Old Sturbridge Village will be selling heirloom plants and giving away heirloom tomato plants to museum visitors. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

9am-12Noon in Leverett: The Leverett Historical Society will holding their annual plant sale at the Town Hall.  Gardening books will also be part of this sale.

9am-12noon in Deerfield:  The Tilton Library will hold a plant sale.

Spring Plant Sales & Swaps in Western MA

2011 Spring Plant Sales & Swaps

Worthington Plant Sale happens on Saturday, May 14th this year. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Plant swaps and sales take place all over Western MA in the spring time. Here we’ve started a list of swap/sales happening in the region. Add your community or organization swap in the comment box below (or click here).

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

9am-1pm – PLANT SALE: Northampton Save Our Schools is having a plant sale at Smith Vocational School!  Along with plants, there will be compost, garden furniture, and other treasures for sale!  There will also be raffle.  80 Locust Street.  413-537-4437.  Northampton, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9am-5pm – PLANT SALE: Select plants to buy from over 5,000 different plants at the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale!  Along with the plants, vendors will on site  and there will be a designer flower show too.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  413-298-3826.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

9am – PLANT SALE: Worthington Gardeners will host their annual plant sale at the Historical Society building. Route 143 Worthington, MA (SALE)

9am- PLANT SWAP: Bring plants to the North Amherst Community Farm for a plant swap!  There  will also be hay rides, gardening in the new children’s garden, and a livestock meet and greet!  1089 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

9am-12noon – PLANT SALE: Buy plants and crafts from local vendors at the annual Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale!  Main Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9am-1pm – PLANT SALE: Join the Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners and the Wistariahurst Gardeners for a plant sale at the Wistariahurst Museum!  There will be plants of all types, and you can get soil tested for $1 per sample!  238 Cabot Street.  413-322-5660.  Holyoke, MA.  (SALE)

8am-1pm – PLANT SALE: In the parking lot of Big E’s Supermarket, Pascommuck Conservation Trust will have their spring plant sale. Union St. 413-204-2964 Easthampton, MA (SALE)

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

6pm – PLANT SWAP: Plant Swap and Garden Combing happening at Mother Herb’s Garden. Bring herbs and medicinals to swap.  Bring herbs to contribute to community garden plot. 14 Northern Ave. Northampton, MA (SWAP)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

9am-12Noon – PLANT SALE: Red Gate Farm will have a spring plant sale during their open house. Activities, tours and hayrides for families. Decorate a flower pot and pick up vegetable starts for your home garden. 4 Norman Road.  413-625-9503.  Buckland, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 1st & 15th, 2011

6pm – PLANT SWAP: Wistariahurts Gardeners’ Plant Swap at the museum. Bring labeled plants to swap. Presented by Wistariahurst Museum Gardeners and Western Mass Master Gardeners. 238 Cabot St. 413-322-5660 Holyoke, MA (SWAP/SALE)

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