Bourbon County Garden Club Plant Sale and Garden Contest Is Announced

The Crane home was a pocket garden winner of the Bourbon County Garden Club in 2023. Submitted photo.

Plant Sale and Pocket Garden Contest



The Bourbon County Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on the opening day of the Downtown Farmers’ Market, Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. until noon. Proceeds from the sale support beautification efforts throughout the community. The garden club partners with Tri Valley Developmental Services to sell a wide variety of plants, all of which are geared to our area’s weather challenges. Club members offer plants freshly dug from their own gardens, plus unique plant-filled pots. Tri Valley provides annuals, herbs, and both blooming and foliage hanging baskets. Among the variety of annuals this year are geraniums, calibrachoa, and begonias which are in bloom and ideal for Mothers’ Day gifts. Knowledgeable members and Master Gardeners will be available to offer advice and answer questions about plants during the sale.


A new feature this year is a children’s free activity area. There will be garden-related coloring sheets and crayons, plus rocks that children can decorate with acrylic paint markers. They may take the rocks with them or leave them around town for other children to find. The garden club will also be selling decorative rocks that Fort Scott Middle School students have painted.


In addition, Bourbon County residents will have the opportunity at the plant sale to register for a free pocket garden. A club committee will collaborate with the winner to create a small garden with drought tolerant plants. Look for Garden Club Pocket Garden signs throughout Fort Scott to see what can flourish in small areas with challenging conditions. County residents can also enter to win on the Bourbon County Garden Club Facebook page now and until Tuesday, May 7.


Corner gardens designed by plant enthusiasts have existed in Fort Scott for years, Instead of trying to grow grass in adverse conditions where sidewalks intersect, gardeners have improved these areas by adding colorful, drought-tolerant plants. Bourbon County Garden Club members voted last year to extend the club’s beautification efforts beyond downtown, the city pool islands, and Riverfront Park to provide two pocket gardens in the county. Club members Sheryl Bloomfield, Maggie Davenport, Martha Jane Gentry, Janet Irvin, and Leah Lewis worked with the winning homeowners to develop the gardens. Two different gardening situations were addressed. A new garden by the front door was created at the Martin residence on Main Street. Perennials were planted last fall after the site was prepared. Cool season annuals were added this spring. At the Crane residence on Crawford, the committee added to an existing garden space at the corner by adding colorful annuals and perennials last summer. Spring-blooming bulbs were planted last fall, and annuals were added recently. With time, perennials will fill in at both pocket gardens, and some will reseed.


Support community beautification by shopping at the Bourbon County Garden Club Plant Sale at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 4. Register to win a pocket garden at the plant sale or on

the garden club’s Facebook page.


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