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Plant Sale and Garden Fair

Plant sale and garden fair 2017 on May 20 and 21 in Orient.

Plant Sale and Garden Fair 2017 will be held Saturday, May 20 and Sunday May 21 in Orient as a fundraiser to benefit the Orient Public Library. This event includes a plant sale, vendors selling homemade and hand-crafted items on Saturday, and a BBQ picnic lunch on Saturday. Sunday is the plant sale only.

The addition of vendors to last year's sale was a success so more vendors with a bigger selection of items will be offered at this years event including fudge, breads, quilts, spoon rings and spoon bracelets along with garden related items. 

Local gardeners provide all the plants. These are a few that will be for sale: aloe, fern leaf tansy, creeping jenny, winter hardy mums, creeping phlox, buckeye trees, dunegrass, and cardinal climber vine. Along with some succulents will be hanging planters made from gourds.

A large variety of bulbs have been started to give buyers earlier blooms in their garden. Many of these varieties are not available locally. These beautiful plants are ten varieties of dahlias, four colors of Asiatic lilies, pineapple lily, and three kinds of border lilies. Also, there will be pink and white bleeding heart, five colors of tall phlox, gorgeous daylilies in nine colors, three colors of double Siberian iris, red crocosmia, giant columbine and spider lily. Note that all nine colors of daylilies are rebloomers. Photos of flowers in full bloom are available on the library website, www.orient.lib.ia.us/news.

Gardeners and non-gardeners are all welcome for the BBQ picnic lunch which will be served Saturday only from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. The menu will be grilled pork loin, hamburger, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, iced tea, lemonade, and a variety of bars. Sandwiches are sold individually or as dinner with two sides and drink for $7.00. Dessert bars are an additional charge.

Plant prices are very reasonable with all the festivities taking place at 118 Jackson St, Orient on the west side of town. Hours are Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and Sunday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Contact the library for more information.