The Chieftains Museum Herb and Plant Sale, an annual event in Rome for almost 25 years, is planned for April 17 and 18 at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.
“We’ve been at this for 25 years,” said organizer Marion Shaw. “We have about 6,000 herbs that we sell. Every kind of herb.”
This year’s selection will also include a variety of perennials and annuals, as well as vegetables and small fruit trees. The tree options will include dwarf-sized apple, blueberry, citrus and peach trees for potting in containers.
Shaw and other volunteers select the herbs and plants, which come from several well-known regional nursers, based on interest. All plants are delivered the day before the sale. Knowledgeable volunteers and expert gardeners will be on hand to help buyers select the right herbs and plants for their gardens.
In addition to the herbs and plants, decorative containers will also be sold. Nan Henson and Frances Davis, members of the museum’s board of directors, and a group of plant-savvy volunteers will be on-site to personally design and plant the container of your choice. A limited number of rain barrels will also be available for purchase.
Prices are competitive, and all proceeds benefit the Chieftains Museum. Shaw said the event is the museum’s biggest annual fundraiser.
She said the event began as a group of members simply swapping their own plants years ago. As interest grew, they began selling plants and herbs, and eventually the event became so popular the museum could no longer host it on-site so they moved it to the fairgrounds.