The Key West Garden Club will hold its annual Fall Plant Sale at the West Martello Tower in Key West on Saturday, December 1from 11 A.M. until 4 P.M. and Sunday, December 2 from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M. Admission and parking are free. The West Martello Tower is located at 1100 Atlantic Boulevard next to Higgs beach.
Plants raised from seeds or cuttings in the Garden Club propagation nursery will be sold at under wholesale prices. They include drought and pest-resistant natives suitable for sun or shade. There will be flowering plants, colorful shrubs and native trees. Some of the most exciting native plants that are drought and pest resistant include wild coffee, necklace pod, and the small-leaved Keys joewood.
In keeping with the Garden Club’s mission to re-introduce the native, Lignum vitae, trees raised from seedlings are available. These seeds come from trees that are hearty survivors of past hurricanes. They are considered genetic dynamite, the best of their kind, ‘champion’ plants that tend to be stronger and more hurricane resistant than others of their species. Lignum vitae seeds look like red and orange popcorn and its small, blue flowers covers the tree in show-stopping displays.
All of these native plants will attract bees, butterflies and birds. Our shade favorite natives include blackbead, indigo berry, beautyberry, marlberry, and fire bush.
There is a great emphasis this year on exotics that are not invasive. Over eight different colors of frangipani have been propagated including Key West red, Aztec gold, candy stripe, dainty pink, Catherine B. and the ever-blooming, ever-green, salt-resistant Plumeria pudica. Orange juanaloa and yellow alamanda are ever-blooming sun worshipers. There are some splendid staghorn ferns for shady spots.
Exotic ground covers include yellow and blue walking iris, baby sun rose, and rosemary. Cardboard palm, kafer limes, stephanotis, desert rose, crotons, copper leafs, and many more plant and trees will be available. There are many plants in beautiful pots suitable for gift giving.
Vendors will be selling tropical fruit trees, air plants, crotons and orchids. They include Seacloud Orchid Inc., Going Bananas, Holmes Bamboo, Peter’s Croton Nursery, Hopkins Nursery and Tropiflora.
Artists will ply their wares in booths set up around the gardens hoping to tempt holiday buyers. Artists include Light Seekers of Key West-Joyce Straiton, Pottery by Grace-Grace E. Calleja, Odenhoven Clay-Kathryn Oudenhoven, Earth Elements-Sherry Read, Impossible Things-Lois Songer, Natures Relics (old growth cypress wood art)-Jesse and Dee Vance, Claire Perrault-weaver, Kiss My Glass, Angela Exarchos, hand painted clothing and Bruce Berkowitz-BB artisans-pottery. Bees in the Keys will be selling their honey products. A splendid garage sale is planned.
Roots, Rocks, and Rain a new book written about native trees by local plant writer and garden club member Robin Robinson will available for sale as well. Proceeds go to support the Key West Garden Club.
Have lunch in the courtyard surroundings of this historical fort. Food, beverages and baked goods will be on sale. Enjoy the atmosphere while you slow down and relax in the beautiful gardens. Bring your camera for some eye-popping pictures of the sub-tropical foliage to send up north.
New members are welcome. Single annual memberships are $30, family $50.
Presented in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.