Second Annual ‘Green Day’ to bloom bigger, brighter on May 16

The Dexter Garden Club has come a long way in just two years, as evidenced by the upcoming Dexter Green Day plant sale.

Once simply the “Dexter Garden Club Annual Plant Sale,” the Dexter Green Day event boasts an impressive roster of participating organizations and businesses, which are provided all kinds of activities, presentations and amenities in addition to the wonderful plants that club members have been growing with decades of expertise and wisdom since the club’s inception in 1993.

BLOOM! Garden Center & Elemental Design is the major underwriter of this year’s Green Day. The Baker Road-based landscape design company will also be giving presentations on how to build raised garden beds, and of course their personnel will be available alongside the garden club members to happily answer questions or simply share thoughts and ideas on the passion that is enthusiast gardening.

Green Day organizer Allan Gorgas said that his event isn’t just a plant sale. It is an opportunity for the Dexter area to express the green side of itself that has been present for generations going back more than 100 years and beyond.

“We’re surrounded by farms and farmland, our community makes effort to plant trees in the area, and there are many businesses that deal with agriculture and gardening,” Gorgas said. “This is a natural fit for Dexter, and it allows our members and our club to really get out into the community and show everyone what we’re about.”

The Dexter Garden Club was founded by a group of local gardeners including Sandy Hansen, who went with her fellows to the Federated Garden Clubs of America to express Dexter’s need for its own local garden club. After decided that the FGCA wasn’t a good fit, Hansen and her friends formed a less formal local group.

While the Dexter Garden Club has always been there for non-affiliated residents to seek out should their thumb start turning a shade of green, aside from the yearly plant sale and some other smaller events throughout the year, the club had never done anything of the scale of Dexter Green Day to put themselves out there.

It seemed a missed opportunity to have such a neat group of people with such an interesting passion not get out into the community more, and thus Dexter Green Day was born to truly show of the club’s stuff, according to Gorgas.

“We’ve got a really wonderful group here and it’s doing so many great things and has so many great people involved in it,” Gorgas said. “Now we’re showing the community what we’re all about and we’re doing it in a way that we hope will attract people not just to our garden club, but Dexter as a whole. We want people to come out to our event, shop at local businesses while they’re here and have dinner at our restaurants.”

While the group doesn’t conduct a headcount to measure their event’s success, local businesses see the value in Dexter Green Day as a concept. LaFontaine Chevrolet of Dexter and Boullion Sales will be among many businesses and organizations adding to the event’s list of attractions.

LaFontaine will have green autos and charging stations on display and Boullion will be showcasing powered yard and gardening equipment for those who’d rather put less back into their flowerbeds and vegetable gardens.

Other sponsors and participating organizations include Dexter Farmer’s Market, Ann Arbor Rotedendron Society, Michigan Dahlia Society, Hearts & Flowers, Earth Art, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Gunthrie Gardens, Dexter Community Schools, Creekside Intermediate School, Recycle Ann Arbor, Dexter Mill, and 13 area restaurants including Dexter’s Pub, Dexter A&W, and Terry B’s.

A complete list and schedule of Dexter Green Day events with maps will be published in the near future, as well as supplemental stories focusing in one this event’s key sponsors and participants.

For more information visit the Dexter Garden Club’s website at

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  • Great article by Sean Dalton. Yes, Allen Gorgas has been hard at work inviting all community member to participate. May 16 will be a FUN day in Dexter. The Garden Club Plant Sale will have most of it’s member working and offering advice on growing plants. What a great way to start the planting season!

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