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Essex Horticultural Society hosts annual plant sale

by Adam Gault

As the long winter finally makes its much-anticipated retreat, residents had an opportunity to get ready for the springtime planting season at the annual Essex & District Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale, held at the Essex Railway Station on Saturday morning.

For over two decades, the annual sale has been supported through the incredible dedication of the society’s members, who donate plants from their own personal gardens to be sold at the event. The annual sale is also a great way for less experienced gardeners to pick up some tips from individuals who are strongly committed to sharing their passion with others.

“I’m a bird and bee guy, I like to plant stuff for the birds and the bees to keep them happy, and to keep them around because they’re important to us,” Horticultural Society President, Joe Dicker, said. “Other people like it for their beautification of a lawn or yard. Gardening means a lot of things to a lot of different people.”

The annual event, held in conjunction with a craft and bake sale inside the station, is a fundraiser for the society, which usually has anywhere from 50 to 70 members at a given time.

“We support anything we do [through fundraisers],” Dicker said. “Throughout the year, we look after the gardens at the seniors’ centre, and just any events we hold throughout the year. We’re a non-profit organization, so basically it’s just to support our events during the year.”

The fundraising helps support the group’s annual horticultural-themed bus trip and the variety of guest speakers who attend their monthly meetings.

Later this summer, the horticultural society will host its annual Flower Show on July 7 at the Essex United Church, where contestants will have the opportunity to enter their flowers in a judged contest.

Members meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Essex Retirees’ Social Club, at 32 Russell Street. Prospective members and new guests are always welcome to attend.

For more information on the Essex & District Horticultural Society, visit


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