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The annual plant sale at the Woods Hole Public Library is one of the highlights of spring in Woods Hole. The sale has been running since the mid- 1970s, and has become a vital source of operating funds for the village library. This year the sale will be held on Saturday morning, May 13, from 9 AM-Noon on the Library lawn, 581 Woods Hole Road, spreading to the adjacent Museum lawn at 579 Woods Hole Road.

Almost all the plants in the sale are donated, so the sale is one of the best places to find locally successful perennials, as they are dug from local gardens where they have become too successful and need to be thinned. People donate not only their perennials, but also shrubs, ferns, herbs, and other garden plants to this annual “Plant Swap” benefiting the Library. As always, big beautiful dahlia tubers are expected. Interesting varieties of tomatoes and peppers, vegetable and flower seedlings, and herbs are also grown by gardeners in the community especially for the sale. An added feature of the sale this year will be plants grown by Josh Leveque’s beekeeping class at Falmouth Academy, plants especially attractive to pollinators.

If you would like to donate plants, preferably labeled, they can be dropped off in the library courtyard anytime during the week before the sale (May 6-12). If people need help transporting or digging their plants, the Library’s team of devoted volunteer gardeners will come to pick them up. For assistance, call the library at 508-548-8961 or email whpl.plantsale@gmail.com. There are many interesting additions to the sale this year: healthy specimens of native perennials and biennials, including Stella D’Oro day-lilies, ladies mantle, Lamium, and many others. The Plant Sale committee, led by Board member Nancy Copley and avid gardener Colleen Wood, hopes that many people will come to the sale and bring their friends. It is recommended to show up promptly at 9 AM to get the best selection. It is always an adventure to find (and buy!) interesting plants at this sale. For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.