This year I made my first visit to the Learning Garden Plant Sale in Yorktown, VA. It was a fun experience for many reasons. First off I showed up early as advised by my blogging buddy Janet who was one of the Master Gardeners working the sale. This sale is quite popular with the locals and the line to get in was already quite long an hour before they let us in. Some of these passionate gardeners not only enjoy the bargains to be had but the social interaction of catching up with each other each year. I felt quite comfortable chit-chatting with several of them. When they cut the tape to let us in, it was a mad rush to grab carts & boxes. lol Everyone seemed to have a list in hand of plants they were looking to take home.
One of the best finds of the day was the Yorktown Onion or Allium ampeloprasum which is a non native allium that was brought over accidentally to this country during the Revolutionary War according to legend. It blooms on the Yorktown Battlefield every June and is protected by law. They had such a small amount of these available for sale that one pot was limited per customer. But Janet informed me that each container holds at least 3-5 plants. The Ostrich Fern pot has a bonus bit of another plant which Janet pointed out to me. (upper photo) It’s the Acanthus mollis or commonly called Bear’s Britches. It can get quite large & some say it is invasive in their zones. If anyone has any personal experience with this perennial I’d appreciate it. So all & all it was nice meeting a fellow garden blogger for the first time and getting some new additions for my garden was icing on the cake.