FULTON, Ill. — There is one thing most Fulton residents can agree on — that the city and its people are a prideful group.
One way to identify that pride is to look at the commitment they make to keeping their community adorned with landscaping and an abundance of flowers.
While many of those flowers are self-purchased from local floral shops and garden centers, a large portion are distributed at the annual Fulton Plant Sale.
“For at least 10 years we’ve hosted the plant sale,” event organizer and master gardener Carol Kolk Klimstra said. “We’ve developed an expectation here that we’ll have it so people really look forward to it. Some will even ask about it in January.”
This year’s plant sale will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Robert Fulton Community Center in downtown Fulton and will feature an array of donated garden varieties.
Many of the more popular plant species usually head out the door first which is why Klimstra and fellow organizer Judy Holesinger advise people to arrive early to the annual event.
“We’ll have people lined up at the door before 8 (a.m.),” Holesinger said. “The choice plants are always the first to go so when we open the doors we just say whatever happens, happens.”
Also available during the plant sale is advice and gardening tips from master gardeners of both Fulton and the University of Illinois Extension office.
For all involved, the interaction between those experts and people who are interested in gardening is the most important part of the annual plant sale.
“We make about $1,000 during the plant sale but we’re not in it for the money,” Holesinger said. “We’re out to encourage people to share with one another. Their tips, their plants and anything else they want to share.”