Chelsea Area Garden Club Hosting 20th Plant Sale

From Mary Jo Frank

The Chelsea Area Garden Club (CAGC) will host its 20th annual plant sale 8am-noon May 12 at the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 W. Old U.S. 12. Admission is free.

“The plant sale is a wonderful opportunity for gardeners who want to enhance their yards and flower or vegetable beds,” notes CAGC President Susan Moore. “We’ll be selling locally grown perennials, ornamental grasses, herbs and other assorted plants, including some 600 daylilies.”

“The club is very proud of the quality of its plants,” says GAGC vice president and sale co-chair Cathy Gillem. Club members collect and pot plants from members’ and friends’ gardens for the sale. To make shopping easier, plants are organized by type, including whether they grow best in shade or sun. Most sell for $5 or less.

“The sale is a great way to get a variety of different plants each and every year,” says Kari Goorhouse, fitness manager at Chelsea Wellness Center and Chelsea High School fitness coach. “It was especially helpful when I was landscaping my new house.”

Come early for the best selection, advises Merrill Crockett, who, along with Gillem and Mary Randolph, co-chair the sale.

The sale takes place rain or shine. Members of Chelsea High School service clubs direct traffic and help shoppers load their cars.

Plant sale proceeds are used for grants and scholarships and horticulture-related community projects. The club also plants and maintains flowers along Chelsea’s Main Street and at the Chelsea District Library.

The CAGC meets noon to 2:30pm the second Monday of the month September through May at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St. For information, call 734-475-9748 or visit





Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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