Bedford’s 61st Annual First Parish Plant and Craft Fair is a major church and community event that offers a large selection of Heritage Perennials gleaned from several generations of Bedford gardens along with a Grocery Garden of delicious tomato plants from Verrill Farm, fragrant herbs and vibrant veggies, the very healthiest ordinary nursery-grown and specialty annuals.
Heritage perennials have generously come from gardens around Bedford since the fair began. Some of the plants expected at this year’s event are granddaughters of the original cuttings that were purchased at the fair years ago.
To assure that the newly-dug transplants will be happily ensconced in their new pots and ready for sale at the fair on May 17, Plant Coordinator Jean Balfour, the daughter of one of the Fair’s founders, encourages gardeners to start the digging plants they would like to share this weekend.
“I see some signs of green poking up,” said Balfour, “so I’ll be digging some day lilies, blue bachelor buttons, lamium, iris, cranesbill geraniums, various kinds of phlox. Forget-me-nots are up and showing flower buds.” There will also be some May Apples that came originally from founder Eva Schafer’s garden. And one or two pots of the pink lilies of the valley that were reputedly brought to Bedford from Parish often make an appearance. Plants are particularly popular, Balfour noted, but trees and shrubs are also welcome. If you need containers or advice about what to dig, please call 275-4556.
In addition to the great plants, there also will be plenty of family fun, interesting artisans and crafters, Chip-in Farm’s 4H club petting zoo, and a few special surprises.