Spring has officially sprung, and several area garden clubs, plant societies and other community groups have organized garden-related events to celebrate. Below is a listing of some of our favorite upcoming plant swaps, garden tours, plant sales and more.
Peony Sale and Garden Tour. May 4. This annual sale features 10 varieties of peonies from Distillery District nursery Kelly Nursery, potted and ready to plant; the event, a benefit to Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, also provides a great opportunity to learn about Ashland’s formal garden and peony garden. 2-4 p.m., Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Rd. www.henryclay.org.
“The House That Cleans Itself.” May 8. Professional organizer Kathleen Crosmer will present efficient principles for home organizing based on the book “THe House That Cleans Itself” by Mindy Starns Clark. 12:30 p.m., Lexington Public Library, Tates Creek Branch, 3628 Walden Dr.
Spring Plant Exchange. May 10. Plants are to be delivered beginning at 9 a.m. for this community plant exchange, which begins promptly at 10 a.m. University of Kentucky Arboretum, 500 Alumni Dr. (859) 257-6955. www.ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.
Fly Fishing 101. May 10, 31, June 14. In partnership with The Orvis Company and The Bluegrass Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Chevy Chaser area store The Lexington Angler will host free fly fishing lessons, covering the basics of fly casting and outfit rigging. 11 a.m., The Lexington Angler, 119 Clay Ave.
Down to Earth Garden Club Plant Sale. May 10. Every May, the Down to Earth Garden Club, a non-profit group, holds its annual plant sale fundraiser. The sale features plants from the members’ own gardens, and a base of volunteers knowledgeable about the characteristics and landscape potential of the plants is on hand at the rain or shine event. Plants for shade or sun, natives, herbs, vegetables, perennials, wildflowers, grasses, hostas, and irises are all represented. Money raised will be donated to local projects that promote gardening, education, preservation, conservation and environmental stewardship. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woodland Christian Church, 530 E. High St. www.downtoearthky.com/ PlantSale.html.
***We regret that we posted the incorrect date and time for the Down to Earth Garden Club Plant Sale in the May print issue of Southsider Magazine. Please note the corrected information above!
Bluegrass Iris Show. May 17. The Bluegrass Iris Society presents its 47th Annual Iris Show at Lexington Green, behind Joseph-Beth Bookstore. The show features lots of species of iris, as well as artistic flower designs with a “Downton Abbey” theme. 1 p.m. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green. www.bluegrassiris.org.