By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — When perennials get a bit thick and weedy, one way to cure the problem is to call local gardening experts for a quick trim.
Derry Garden Club members were out in force last week, helping residents thin out perennials in preparation for the club’s annual plant sale May 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 58 East Broadway.
For the annual plant sale, members traditionally travel to the homes of area residents to thin perennial beds and gather other plants to sell. That’s in keeping with the “all locally grown” theme of the sale.
The club sells hundreds of plants every year; the sale is held rain, snow or shine. Offerings this year include perennials, herbs and vegetable plants.
The annual event is a way for the club to continue its service work in the community and also keep programs going throughout the year.
Some club projects include planning and maintaining the children’s garden at the Robert Frost Farm, offering nature programs and walks at the historic poet’s homestead, holiday greens workshops, guest speakers, town beautification projects at area libraries, the Manning Street Pocket Park and the Marion Gerrish Community Center, garden therapy at area nursing homes and senior centers, and other special events and activities.
The club has been in existence in Derry for 78 years and has a long history of working hard in town to keep things growing and green.
For information about the Derry Garden Club or this year’s plant sale, call 432-9215 or visit derrygardenclub.org.