The Garden Club of Essex Fells will be holding their 55th Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 12th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event is tented so it will be on rain or shine, and will be located next to the post office on Runnymede Rd. in Essex Fells.
One of the featured products will be pre-designed mixed container plants by Beds and Borders, a nationally recognized grower of specialty plants. These collections are ready to plant, all one has to do is add water for a colorful arrangement to be enjoyed into the fall. Exclusive to the Essex Fells area, these plants are not available locally. Beds and Borders also supply us with a unique selection of perennials, annuals, hanging baskets and succulents. In addition, the plant sale will offer herbs and vegetables, and mixed container baskets from local New Jersey growers suitable for planting in our area.
ARTISANS UNDER THE TENT
This year, the Garden Club has added several new and desirable products from local artisans, while keeping favorites from the last several years. Spotlighted “Artisans Under the Tent” include: Gabby Girl Bags, handbags and accessories with special fabrics and designs, all handcrafted by Essex Fells resident Diane Campanella; My Sweet Oven, scrumptious toffee candy, chocolate-covered popcorn, and other confections from proprietor Mariam Whelan’s kitchen; Sunrise Mountain Soap, Sussex County purveyors of high quality, luxurious and all-natural bars perfectly packaged for Mother’s Day; S-T-R-I-N-G-A-L-O-N-G, Essex Fells resident Susan Kobler’s line of crystal jewelry; Garden sculptures, wind chimes and ornaments etched from brass by Barbara Stanger of Aurna Enterprises of Summit; Essex Fells resident and member of the Riker Hill Artists Margret Bonito, will offer pottery that is both wheel thrown and hand built; Made with Clay by Laura, clay necklaces and functional stoneware pottery collections created by Laura Hanley of Summit; Fiber Art Scarves hand made from 100% silk and merino wool by Linda Cammarata of String Bling Design; and handmade mosaics created from tiles, glass and beads to produce pendants, picture frames and mirrors by Nancy Frank Mosiacs.
The 2012 Plant Sale also welcomes Hilltop Honey. Joe Lelinho will return with his educational beehive and a selection of his coveted honey, which has been in short supply due to the collapse of honeybee colonies. Member horticulture and home-baked items perfect for Mothers Day will also be available for purchase.
According to Susanne Keane, President of the Garden Club of Essex Fells, “The Garden Club plant sale provides an excellent product and value to our guests, while helping us to raise funds to support our civic projects. These projects include the civic beautification around Essex Fells. Other projects include educational programs for the community and students of Essex Fells School, environmental conservation, the continued restoration of the Glen, garden therapy at a nearby nursing home, and maintaining the historic herb garden at Drumthwacket during the year. We appreciate and thank the community for their continued support of our many projects.”
Whether you are in the market for a simple country morning of garden and boutique shopping for your home or a Mother’s Day gift, you are sure to find it here. The Garden Club of Essex Fells is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, thus items for sale are tax-free. For further information, please contact Pat Muzzatti at 973-896-2503 or Susanne Keane at 973-618-0121.