Prolific plants offered in club's annual sale

Joyce Bruchey, president of the Silver Fancy Garden Club, digs up plants from her garden in preparation for the club's annual plant sale.
Joyce Bruchey, president of the Silver Fancy Garden Club, digs up plants from her garden in preparation for the club's annual plant sale.(Submitted photo)

Angela Bowersox has a lot of plants in her garden in Pleasant Valley, but when she looks out at the display she has built over a number of years, one thing she can't help but notice is that there are too many lilies of the valley.

Many perennials reproduce through underground roots, she said, often growing beyond the boundaries of a gardener's intended area.


"Perennials spread that way," Bowersox said. "They keep propagating so I have all these extras."

Not wanting to waste a good plant, Bowersox is joining a number of other members from the Silver Fancy Garden Club of Taneytown and Emmitsburg in harvesting her extra plants and selling them during the club's annual plant sale.


"I dig them up and if somebody buys that plant and they plant them, they'll reproduce and they'll end up having a bed full of lilies of the valley too," Bowersox said with a laugh.

The annual sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the parking lot of Nationwide Insurance at 441 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

Susie Heck, coordinator of the sale, said shoppers can come and see what kind of plants thrive in the garden club members' gardens and may work out for them as well.

"It's always plants that grow well in our area," Heck said. "They're the tried-and-true perennials, as well as some bushes and trees."

Some of these plants are heirlooms that have been handed down through families over the years, said Joyce Bruchey, president of the club. Personally, she will be bringing columbines, hostas, sedums, daisies and more to the sale.

The fundraiser helps pay for the club's projects around Taneytown and Emmitsburg, including planting flower pots in front of public buildings, garden therapy at senior centers and nursing homes, and youth gardening programs at libraries, said Bowersox.

Many of the club members will be on hand to answer questions about what each plant is and where and how it should be planted and maintained, she said. It's also an opportunity for other gardening enthusiasts to learn about the Silver Fancy Garden Club. Club membership is open to anyone interested in gardening, conservation and the environment, butterflies and birds. Monthly workshops or trips are held at various locations.

For more information, call Susie Heck at 410-756-1113.

Heritage meeting

"Memories of Sauble's Inn" is the theme of the next Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, in the Grace United Church of Christ Parish Hall at 49 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

There will be a brief business meeting and election of officers, with the program immediately following. Then members of the Sauble family will discuss how George and Irene Sauble opened their home in 1918 and provided home-cooked meals to visitors. Sauble's Inn became well known in the Baltimore and Washington area for the huge country meals they served, sometimes featuring 32 items.

The inn closed in 1942; however, Sauble's Inn is still mentioned by visitors to the area.


Family members will share memories and memorabilia at the May meeting, followed by a time for discussion and light refreshments.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Parking is available in back of the church on Maple Drive. Handicap parking is on Cemetery Road.

For more information, call Elaine Hoover at 410-756-2135 or visit http://www.taneytownhh.org.

The meetings with speakers will resume in the fall.

Carrie Ann Knauer covers New Windsor, Union Bridge, Taneytown and neighboring communities in the West Carroll area. Contact her at 410-596-9248 or carrie.knauer@gmail.com.

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