The UUVA plant sale is back!
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Upper Unadilla Valley Association’s Plant and Garden Fair, offering a variety of locally grown perennials for sale, will return Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Town of Winfield Memorial Park in the village.
Bridge construction work will close the park’s entry along State Route 20, but the park remains accessible from a rear entry off Clapson Street.
The plant sale will feature dozens of perennial varieties donated by local gardeners at prices ranging from $3 to $5 per pot. No plants will be sold before 10 a.m.
A limited stock of annual bedding plants, mostly vegetables, also will be for sale through the Mount Markham Central School District’s Future Farmers of America club. The FFA and High School Science Club will operate a concession stand at the event as well.
A “duck derby,” featuring small plastic ducks that race to a downstream finish line in the creek that runs through the park, will begin at 11:30 a.m.. Derby tickets cost $3 per duck or two ducks for $5, with tickets available at the event or in advance from association directors.
The ticket holder with the fastest duck will win half of the proceeds. For tickets, call 315-855-4368 for the director nearest you.
The Upper Unadilla Valley Association is a non-profit organization that has worked for 52 years to preserve, protect, and call attention to the Upper Unadilla Valley’s natural and historic resources. That region includes West Winfield, Unadilla Forks, Leonardsville, Bridgewater, West Edmeston and surrounding vicinity.
Proceeds from the plant and garden fair, typically held each year on the third Saturday in May, help fund several annual UUVA events:
A scholarship for a graduating Mount Markham Central School District senior;
A summer tour showcasing the region’s positive attributes, such as farms, businesses, gardens, art, nature and historic homes; and
A fall banquet featuring a presentation tied in with the year’s tour theme or another subject related to the group’s mission.
As the need arises, proceeds also help with efforts for historical preservation or to protect against regional environmental threats.