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Contact: Margret Delves-Broughton
(860) 496-9624, ext 6220

Get Everything You Need (Including Inspiration!) for a Spectacular Vegetable Garden

Did you ever decide to have a vegetable garden, only to realize you were too late to start seeds? Or did you ever abandon plans to grow your own fresh Tomatoes when you became overwhelmed by all the technical talk at your local garden center? If you have given up your dream of planting your own vegetables because it just seems like too much work, a visit to White Flower Farm's Great Tomato Celebration could change everything.

On May 17-19, 2013, White Flower Farm will host its 8th annual sale of Tomato and vegetable seedlings, herbs, and more. This year the offering includes more than 150 varieties of Tomatoes, over 30 varieties of Peppers, 19 additional vegetable varieties, and 20 different herbs. In addition to plants, there will also be a wide selection of fertilizers, stakes, ties, and containers -- in short, all you need to grow vegetables at home.

Help and Inspiration are Available

For those who need help with growing tips, variety selection, and other advice, White Flower Farm staff members will be on hand to answer any questions. "Our staff is made up of some really keen vegetable gardeners, and they are happy to advise customers, no matter what they are looking for," says Barbara Pierson, White Flower Farm's Nursery Manager. "Some people may just want to grow one Tomato plant in a container, and others may be planting an entire kitchen garden -- we can help all of them. Every year there are more options for home vegetable growing, and as long as you have the right information you will see how easy and fun it can be."

New for 2013

"We are excited to introduce grafted Tomato plants this year," says Barbara Pierson. "They are new to the market and getting a lot of attention, so we are happy to be able to offer them to our customers. A grafted Tomato plant is one where the rootstock of a naturally robust variety of Tomato plant is attached (grafted) to the stalk of an heirloom variety, so the resulting plant has the vigor of the rootstalk and the amazing old-fashioned flavor of the heirloom. What's even better is that grafted plants produce earlier-ripening fruit and increased yield. They are resistant to soil borne diseases and nematodes, and are better able to tolerate extreme temperatures. They are dream Tomato plants!" In addition to popular Tomato varieties like 'Mortgage Lifter', 'Cherokee Purple', and 'Sungold', there will be several new ones for sale at the Great Tomato Celebration. Some of the most enticing names are 'Chocolate Stripes', 'Brad's Black Heart', and 'Big Italian Plum'.

Pierson's final piece of advice? "I would advise people to get here early for the best selection!"

Practical Information
Street Address: 167 Litchfield Road, Morris, CT 06763
Location: On Route 63, 3.5 miles south of the center of Litchfield, CT
Dates and Times: Friday-Sunday, May 17th--19th 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.

Boston Event
If you are in the Boston area, you can visit our Great Tomato Celebration as part of Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Gardeners' Fair at Elm Bank in Wellesley. The sale takes place on Sunday, May 19th, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with special opening hours for Mass Hort members from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. This sale will feature over 75 varieties of Tomato plants as well as over 20 varieties of herbs, Peppers, and other vegetables, plus growing supplies.

White Flower Farm's Retail Store is open for the season.
Visit us daily between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Spring Events at White Flower Farm:
Saturday, April 20th 10:00 a.m. -- Pruning Demystified by 'The Garden Lady' C.L. Fonari

Saturday, May 4th 10:00 a.m. -- Design Strategies for Today's Mixed Borders with Susan Cohan, APLD

Saturday, May 12th -- Happy Mother's Day - Moms are the Best

All Moms (or their little ones) will receive a FREE 4in perennial.

Tuesday, June 4th -- Tuesdays in the Garden: The endless possibilities of Container Gardening

Saturday, June 8th 10:00 a.m. -- Garden Photography Made Easy with Rich Pomerantz

Tuesday, June 11th -- Tuesdays in the Garden: Paying attention to Textures, Shapes and ok, you guessed, Color in the Garden

Tuesday, June 18th -- Tuesdays in the Garden: Proper planting techniques and a tour of the White Flower Farm specimen trees

Saturday, June 22nd -- Annual Open House

Saturday, July 13th -- The World of Hydrangeas -- to grow them is to love them

Tuesday, June 25th -- Tuesdays in the Garden: Create a dynamite mailbox planting for sun or shade

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