Stock your garden for summer at village sale

The Markyate Plant Sale
The Markyate Plant Sale

Thousands of seedlings have been potted up by residents, for a village plant sale.

Markyate villagers held their annual potting party last week, planting vegetables, perennials and 7,000 seedlings which will bloom in readiness for the popular Markyate Plant Sale.

Over 7,000 plants have been potted up for the Markyate Plant Fair PNL-150422-160952001

Over 7,000 plants have been potted up for the Markyate Plant Fair PNL-150422-160952001

Now in its 18th year, the annual sale will take place from 10am on Saturday, May 23.

It’s a chance for enthusiasts to buy bedding plants and perennials and exchange ideas with the knowledgeable village horticulturists.

The potted plants include over 50 varieties of annuals, including some new to the sale, such as the chocolate scented Chocolate Cosmos or the bright yellow mercadonia.

The team is also taking orders for hanging baskets and containers until May 10.

These can be picked up in bloom on the day of the sale.

Visitors can complete their visit with a cup of coffee or tea and a home-baked cake in the picturesque gardens of 64 High Street, to the music of the Woburn Sands Silver Band.

Last year the event, which is free to attend, raised moe than £7,000 for The Hospice of St Francis.

One of the organisers, Ian Bradley, said: “The Plant Sale has grown hugely since we started in 1997 and is now a full blown garden party too.

“Last year we welcomed several hundred visitors and were delighted that our green fingers generated such a large sum of money for the hospice.”

To order hanging baskets, call 01582 943133 or email ie.bradley@talktalk.net