Plant sale to focus on Shenandoah Valley garden varieties

A diverse variety of flowers, herbs shrubs and trees will be available at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s first Heritage Plant Sale this weekend.

Attendees will browse through around 100 different plants at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Proceeds from the purchases will benefit the museum’s gardens.

Julie Armel, museum deputy director of community relations, said that no matter what flower or shrub tickles someone’s fancy, it’ll be well suited to grow in Shenandoah Valley soil in typical local conditions. Members of the grounds staff will be at the sale to answer questions and discuss how best to care for the plants.

Chantal Ludder, museum horticulturalist, will give half hour talks about some of the plants up for sale at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. She said a few common plants will be available alongside more unusual historic cultivars that are harder to find.

“A lot of them are the old-timey cottage plants that you would see in the houses of the valley,” she said. “They would be commonplace 100 years ago.”

Many of the plants for sale can be seen around the museum’s gardens, like the colorful butterfly weed or the Siberian iris. Ludder said a fair amount of the plants up for sale will have come directly from the museum gardens. A full list of plants that will be available can be found at http://tinyurl.com/gla5pmw.

Ludder said members of the grounds staff have been preparing for the sale since winter. She said she’s grown some of the plants from seeds.

“Some of them are medicinal, some of them fit into the history of gardeners and explorers and the history of America,” she said.

IF YOU GO:

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Where: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. in Winchester.

Admission: Free for the plant sale.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com

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