Kennett Beautification Committee Plant Sale returns this weekend04/25/2021 07:42PM ● By Steven Hoffman
One of the well-loved events that plant-loving locals missed in 2020 was the annual Kennett Beautification Committee Plant Sale. Organizers have announced that the plant sale is back this year, better than ever, in a two-day format and in a new location.
Pratt's Greenhouse, at 634 Hillendale Road in Toughkenamon, will host this year’s sale on Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pratt’s provides a great space for a COVID-safe shopping experience and plenty of free parking. The wide variety of beautiful annuals and perennials for sale will also include plants that local garden club members bring from their gardens.
Those whose thumbs are less than green can’t go far wrong planting these well-tended and healthy plants, and those who don’t have the space for extensive garden beds can still brighten up window boxes and containers with colorful blooms and textured, multi-hued foliage. All proceeds from the Kennett Beautification Committee Plant Sale pay for the spring and summer plantings in the large planters up and down State Street enjoyed all season by locals and visitors alike.
In addition to the costs of the plants themselves, the design, planting, and maintenance of these planters requires a significant investment of time, hard work, and expertise from many different community members. Bill Reynolds of Pratt’s Greenhouse has designed the Kennett Square planters for many years now. Having studied the daily patterns of sun and shade in the various locations of these planters, he selects a variety of plants for maximum effect and interest throughout the season.
Volunteers from local garden clubs, including Barb Kurowski from the Four Seasons Garden Club, Diane Cannon and Marge Brant from Seedlings, and Michelle Springer and Abbey Reece from the Spade and Trowel Garden Club, do the planting, and the hardworking staff from the Borough of Kennett Square’s Public Works Department not only prepare the planters each year but also keep them well watered throughout the season.
The gardenscapes and placemaking projects that Historic Kennett Square is implementing as part of their Kennett Blooms initiative, said Historic Kennett Square executive director Bo Wright, and will complement the planters to make Kennett Square more beautiful and vibrant than ever this season.
Kennett Beautification Committee members JoAnn Dolnick and Prissy Roberts thanked the community for the continued support of the plant sale and look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces, behind masks, at the sale. They invite everyone to support a great cause and beautify their gardens or containers in time for Mother's Day.