The Woods Hole Public Library will be holding a Perennial Plant Sale on Saturday, October 10 from 9AM to noon.
Just like the Library’s time-honored Spring Plant Sale (which was not held this year for the first time in decades) all the plants will be donated by local gardeners, so the plants are perfectly attuned to the local conditions (although the drought is taking a great toll). Both perennials and house plants will be available. Obviously since this is a Fall Sale, annuals or vegetable plant starts will not be offered, but the perennials should have plenty of time to settle into their new spots in Cape Cod’s long mellow autumn weather.
As always, the Library asks people to donate their plants. Because of COVID restrictions the Library does not have the usual army of helpers to collect and pot up donated plants. Instead, Master Gardener Kate Eldred, of the Library’s Board and Plant Sale committee, recommends that gardeners water their plants generously for a few days before they dig them, and continue watering after they are potted to stabilize them. Pots are available at the Library’s lower level for pick-up any time.
Unlike previous sales, there are only two days for people to deliver plants to the Library. All donations, already potted and labeled, must be brought to the Woods Hole Library when it is open on either Thursday, October 8 or Friday, October 9 from 10 AM
to 2 PM. (Donations cannot be accepted Saturday morning.)
On the day of the sale, due to COVID restrictions, shoppers must wear masks. The plants will be spread out more widely over a much larger area of the Library property so shoppers can stay 6 feet away from each other. As always, but with even more reason now because of COVID, it is suggested that shoppers do not arrive early for the sale. Library volunteers will ensure that people stay spaced out and will be available to help people carry their purchases to their cars.