CHESTER, Vt. – On Sept. 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chester Townscape volunteers will once again be selling spring-flowering bulbs at Chester’s Fall Festival. All bulbs are top quality, hardy, easy care, deer resistant, and expected to return year after year when grown in full or part sun and in well-drained locations. The different varieties offered this year include early and mid-bloomers with a variety of colors and heights, from taller alliums to mid-sized daffodils to short snow crocus.
This fall Chester Townscape will be planting that same mix of daffodils at the Brookside Cemetery wall across from the village green to add to the glorious display that starts off each spring season in the center of Chester.
Alliums The two varieties of tall, sun-loving ornamental onions that are offered pair well with smaller shrubs, roses, or perennials. Purple Sensation is an early bloomer with raspberry-purple, baseball-sized blossoms on 20- to 30-inch stems. Gladiator, a spectacular giant that blooms in early summer with a 6-inch purple globe on a 36-inch stem, is perfect for the back of the garden where it can tower over other summer perennials.
Mixed Trumpet Daffodils This popular mix of daffodils comes in multiple colors, is perfect for naturalizing, and promises years of increased beauty. Growing 18 to 24 inches tall, the daffodils will bloom in early to mid-spring and need full sun or at least a half-day of sun.
Snow Crocus The mixed colors of this favorite harbinger of spring appear early, spreading quickly to make a dramatic multi-colored carpet. Plants grow 3 to 5 inches tall and 3 to four inches wide and can be planted in full sun or part shade.
Bulbs will be sold in front of the Fullerton Inn on Chester’s Main Street. Also available will be Chester Townscape’s popular, handmade walking sticks as well as dried floral arrangements created by our gardeners.
All sales will support Chester Townscape’s seasonal floral displays, which will be changed later this fall to display pumpkins, flowering kale, and corn stalks at public locations around town. These seasonal decorations beautify Chester and make it a handsome place to live and visit.
Chester Townscape is a committee of Chester Community Alliance, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. For further information about Chester Townscape and its town projects, please visit www.chestervt.gov/chester-townscape.