Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wistariahurst to Host Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale

On Saturday, May 13 from 9am to 12pm, the Annual Plant Sale will return to Wistariahurst! Stock up on all your favorite perennials and annuals, carefully cultivated by a team of volunteer gardeners. All proceeds go towards the ongoing care and maintenance of the historically-inspired Wistariahurst grounds, as well as towards the Wistariahurst garden volunteer program. Please plan to arrive early as many plants sell out quickly.

During the late 19th Century, the Skinner family transformed the grounds of Wistariahurst into a lush landscape of formal gardens, lawn, and wooded areas. A variety of trees were planted on the grounds, including maple, peach, pear, and apple. Wisteria vines planted along the base of the house in the 1880s later became a hallmark of the home and gave the property its name. Today, the gardens are maintained by volunteer gardeners. The gardens are open to the public from dawn to dusk.

Wistariahurst is an educational and cultural center owned and operated by the City of Holyoke and supported by Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst. Wistariahurst is dedicated to preserving Holyoke’s history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wistariahurst is the former home of William Skinner, a prominent silk manufacturer and was built in 1874.

Today, Wistariahurst offers a wide variety of public programs and events including: workshops, concerts, lectures and demonstrations and serves the community through educational programs, community partnerships, history projects, and outreach activities. More information is available at

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