Haddonfield Garden Club hosts annual Herb and Perennial Sale

The frost date has passed and the Haddonfield Garden Club intends to represent the Garden State in typical floral fashion by kicking off the summer with the club’s annual Herb and Perennial Sale.

The frost date has passed and the Haddonfield Garden Club intends to represent the Garden State in typical floral fashion by kicking off the summer with the club’s annual Herb and Perennial Sale.

On May 12, Kings Court will be blooming with color, displaying an array of florals. The sale will provide an opportunity for residents and Garden Club members to give back to the community while also allowing residents to donate toward a worthy cause.

“We are doing a lot of things around town to make our town beautiful,’’ Lorrie Hart, chairman of the sale said.

Having been a member of the Garden Club for 13 years, Hart said the group has been able to connect with the community and help Haddonfield grow in more ways than one. Although the herb sale is the group’s only fundraiser a year, the money raised from it would benefit the group all year around, as well as others.

During the sale, various floral arrangements, pastries, supplies and $4 herbs will be made available for purchase. Garden Club members will partake in the Green Elephant jumble sale, where members will bring in a variety of gently used gardening tools and soil amendments that will also be available for purchase. Bringing in plants from their personal garden for purchase, Garden Club members will have the opportunity to educate the public on various plant species. Rose Campions and Toad Lilies have made appearances at previous sales, and Hart is excited to see what will be for sale this year.

“It’s a good time to put plants in before it gets too hot,’’ Hart said. “You can never have too much basil or parsley.’’

Hart explained that, 20 years ago, the sale was small but has now blossomed into an event the community looks forward to every year.

Some $1,000 of the proceeds from the herb sale will go toward a scholarship fund for one Haddonfield Memorial High School senior who wishes to go into agricultural and earth sciences. All other proceeds will go toward the Garden Club’s civic activities in the community, such as supporting pocket gardens in town. The Historical Society and Tatem Elementary School gardens are just a few of the ones the Garden Club has created around town, and, according to Hart, hopefully more will be popping up in Haddonfield this year.

The Garden Club has 40 active members and 35 inactive members, according to Hart. The Garden Club typically meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the Lutheran Church, from September to June. All meetings are open to the public.

“We do count on Haddonfield to make this sale a success,’’ Hart said.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Kings Court, rain or shine. Only cash or check will be accepted. For more information on the Garden Club, go to www.haddonfieldgardenclub.com.