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May 16, 2014

Whittier Home plant and bake sale May 31

AMESBURY — The Whittier Home Museum, 86 Friend St., Amesbury, welcomes spring and National Historic Preservation Month with its annual Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Newly inducted Whittier Home Association president Chris Bryant invites the public to enjoy the beauty of the poet’s Victorian garden while enjoying homemade pastries and beverages in Whittier’s Garden Café, headed by Rita Mullis.

“Our plant sale will include unique species you won’t find in garden shops,” Bryant said, “including many cuttings from the Whittier Garden and well as member’s gardens, prize irises, hostas, as well as hybrids and other ‘discoveries” and herbs.’

“All plants are indigenous to New England soil,” say co-chairs Annie Tunstall and Nan Becker, both experienced gardeners. “We’ll be on hand to give advice on how to transfer and take care of the plants.”

Expect a varied collection of plantings and garden supplies, including vases, tools, pots and garden décor.

“Have a seat and enjoy a cup of coffee or a cold drink, along with a mouthwatering choice of home baked sweets and breads made by Whittier Home members,” Bryant said. “The ladies encourage patrons to purchase extra baked goods, including pies to take home.”

Donations of any of the above items are appreciated and can be left at the Whittier home on Friday, morning, May 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, or call 978-388-1337 for pickup arrangements. Empty starter pots are available on back porch of home where you may leave plant donations at any time.

Docents will be on hand to offer mini-tours of the home. Proceeds from this annual event benefit the upkeep of the Historic Whittier Home Museum and educational outreach activities sponsored by WHA.

For more information call 978-388-1337. Visit our website for current and future events announcements at including the annual summer teas in the Victorian Garden on July 17 and Aug. 21, and Celebrating Whittier on Sept. 13.

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