City Farm Plant Sale

Gardeners Were Game Despite the Rain at our 2018 Plant Sale

The moist weather on the first day of our Rare & Unusual Plant Sale hardly dampened gardeners’ enthusiasm. In fact, about as many people came to City Farm last year as in the recent past (we counted 2,140!). Nor did the weather deter our hardy volunteers or the fantastic musicians who make the Sale such a festive, one-of-a-kind event. To all, we say a big Thank You for making it another successful event!

SCLT Plant Sale, perennial donor list

Last year Massachusetts horticulturist Russell Stafford surprised us with a fresh batch of perennials on Sunday. His plants truly lived up to the rare and unusual promise, and caused a stir among gardeners looking for something new.

Perennials are the only plants sold at the Sale not grown from seed at City Farm. The vast majority come from gardeners like you, who dig them out of your backyards each spring to donate to the Sale. (The rest are given by local nurseries; see accompanying list.) We’re looking to expand the ranks of our perennial donors, as well as the volunteers who serve on the Plant Sale Committee, which helps plan the event. If you love gardening and want to share your passion for it, we invite you to contact Rich Pederson at or 401-273-9419.

Plant Sale proceeds support community gardeners as well as beginning farmers, youth education and employment, and food growing and nutrition programs in economically challenged communities in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls. (See more about this in the Programs section of our website.) As the area’s largest source of sustainably grown vegetable, herb and fruit plants, our Plant Sale continues to play an important role in expanding our local food system. You can read more about its impact here.

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