Wednesday, June 19, 2024

A Plant Sale With a Difference

The Meaford Hospital Volunteer Gardeners popular plant sale has an ironic twist this year.

All the profits will be used to plant concrete.

Usually the volunteers lovingly dig up plants from their own gardens and the hospital grounds to raise money for expenses. This year all proceeds will be donated to making a brand new wheelchair accessible patio in a garden sanctuary.

This special garden is tucked in behind the hospital overlooking the ravine. It is just outside the palliative unit and the patient rooms. And it is a refuge for all, with plantings in memory of beloved nurses and doctors.

The years have taken their toll, and now the patio is a mess. The patients, families, staff, and gardeners all agree the need is there. But, financial constraints get in the way.

The volunteer gardeners want to help make it happen sooner and you can help. New this year, note cards will be for sale featuring this photo of this treasured refuge.

The luscious perennials and note cards go on sale June 8, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., in the Meaford Hospital Gazebo, 229 Nelson Street West. Parking is free during the sale. Cash or cheque only.

To volunteer or for information email For the story of the volunteer gardeners, visit

The note cards are also available at the Hospital gift shop, the Meaford Museum, Annan-Way Nursery and Gardens, Grey Heron Garden Centre, and Riverside Press in Clarksburg.

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