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Gardeners' Fair at Elm Bank
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Come join Mass Hort at our annual Gardeners' Fair

White Flower Farm's Great Tomato Celebration
Society Row Plant Sale
Specialty Vendors
Fun for Kids - Food - Special Lectures

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Special members' hours: 8:00 -9:00 am
Open to the public: 9:00 am - 3:30pm


Members: Free (with vaild membership card)
General Public: $5 per person

The Gardeners' Fair and Plant Sale at Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank Reservation includes a variety of vendors carrying everything you need to plan, dig, plant, and enjoy your home garden space.

Our sponsor White Flower Farm invites you to join their Great Tomato Celebration where you can choose sturdy tomato plants of more than 50 varieties, ranging from heirlooms to the ever-popular hybrid beefsteak and everything in between.

About the Fair

The Gardeners' Fair is your opportunity to find rare and unusual perennials, trees and shrubs; ready-to-plant herbs and vegetables; and tomato varieties by the dozens. It's also a chance to hear talks by an expert, find unique garden tools, garden ornaments and accessories as well as other gardening necessities.

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White Flower Farm's tomatoes will be here again with the Great Tomato Celebration.

White Flower Farm will be back. They're bringing 'The Great Tomato Celebration', which features over 50 tomato varieties ranging from heirlooms and popular hybrids. If you're confused by all the choices, they'll have experts on hand to offer advice on flavor, yield, disease resistance and planting instructions. White Flower Farm will also have a large selection of herbs and vegetable seedlings, plus planting implements.

The heart of the Gardeners' Fair is the plant societies. New Englanders take their gardens seriously and the most passionate gardeners - whether of the indoor or outdoor persuasion - join a plant society dedicated to the pleasure and pursuit of growing a particular genus. At plant society meetings, plants are swapped, exchanged and bartered. At the Gardeners' Fair, they're sold to discerning visitors who are looking for the great addition to their garden.

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The Gardener's Fair will offer lots of
opportunities to
purchase unusual plants.

 Best of all, with every plant society purchase comes a wealth of advice on care and propagation. There will be representatives from the American Begonia Society, American Rhododendron Society, Gesneriad Society and Hosta Society, among others.  Many of the local chapters of specialist plant societies will continue to offer their own plant varieties including unusual and popular cultivars that Society Row has provided for more than 75 years.   

Come prepared to learn. Barbara Pierson, Nursery Manager at White Flower Farm in Litchfield, Connecticut, will be speaking at 9am & 11am, her topic is How to Grow, Select and Enjoy Tomatoes.  With more than 80 tomato varieties available, how do you choose which ones to plant in your garden?  Barb's talk will explain tomato terminology so that you can make informed choices and have fun while you're doing it.  Did you know that some varieties are considered ideal for cooking while others are best known for their resistance to disease or cracked skin?  She will describe the taste and attributes of some of our most popular varieties as well as some of the more obscure staff favorites.  She will share her top tips for growing which include everything from soil preparation and watering to feeding and supporting the vines.  Come ready to learn and get prepared for an abundant harvest this summer! 


Vendors from around New England will also be selling anything you can think of to help you plant your garden at home including:

- A variety of pots, containers and raised bedding
- Seeds, seedlings and young plants
- Fruits, vegetables, and flowers for planting
- Garden sculpture
- Garden and patio furniture
- Tools
- Clothing
- Horticultural vendors: landscape designers, arborists, landscapers

Vendor Opportunties

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Gardeners Fair click here.  

Mass Hort has planned a full day of lectures, children's activities, food vendors, and fun for the whole family.

Volunteer opportunities at the Gardeners' Fair on Sunday, May 18th: 6:00am-5:00pm.
Check out the volunteer activities and time slots by clicking on the link below. Free admission for volunteers who help with a shift or two.


About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Massachusetts Horticultural Society LogoFounded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.