The 2010 Plant Sale at River Farm with the American Horticultural Society is a perfect accompaniment to next weekend's house and garden tour in Alexandria.
River Farm has a rich history, dating from colonial times, and eventually becoming one of five farms owned by gentleman farmer George Washington.
It came under the purview of the American Horticultural Society in 1973 with the mission "to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth, to celebrate America's diversity through the art and science of horticulture, and to lead this effort by sharing the Society's unique national resources with all Americans."
The oldest standing tree on River Farm is the immense Osage orange, a tree native to the western United States.
This specimen, the largest in Virginia and the second largest in the United States, is located in the shade garden to the north of the main house. It is believed to have been a gift from Thomas Jefferson to the Washington family.
The 25 acre property is open to the public year round, whether as a quiet green space on the banks of the Potomac, a learning environment with Master Gardeners or the site of a wedding celebration.
The Plant Sale is an annual fundraiser with vendors from across the mid-Atlantic offering a wide range of native plants, perennials, herbs, vegetables, annuals and roses. Our garden is filled with beautiful ostrich ferns from this sale.
Thursday, April 15th is AHS Members Night and then the sale is open to the public on Friday, April 16 from 9am to 6pm and on Saturday, April 1 from 9am to 3pm.
What a great weekend with the 2010 Alexandria House and Garden Tour and the 2010 Plant Sale at River Farm.