GUEST POST via Joe Barkovich fromareportersnotebook

WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society (WHS) has changed the date and format of its annual plant sale.

The popular, annual event and fundraiser had been scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at the Niagara Regional Exhibition site on Niagara Street where it has been held for years. But according to a recent posting on the society’s website, a “Physical Distancing Plant Sale” is being held over several days, in Fenwick. The changes are being made because public health rules won’t allow large gatherings due to COVID-19.

According to the updated information about the show: “The Welland Horticultural Society is in a unique position to be still hosting our plant sale, with major changes of course. We will be hosting the plant sale at 715 Chantler Road, Fenwick, over a few weekends. Starting Monday May 18th we have 30 minute appointments available for the public.”

Appointment times Monday May 18 are from 12 noon – 5 pm, then Saturday May 23, from 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday May 24, 10 am – 5 pm, and Monday May 25, 9 am – 5 pm.

Appointments will also be available Saturday May 30, 8am – 5 pm, Sunday May 30, 10 am – 5 pm and Monday June 1, 9 am – 5 pm.

“You can book an appointment via phone at 905-892-8586 or email with a block of time. We will send you a confirmation email with the time booked for you,” according to info on the website.

“We ask that there are only 2 people per visit, and physical distancing will be observed.”

Payment can be made with cash, debit and credit card (contactless).

You can go to to find the info about the plant show and other WHS events and activities, including the annual rose and flower show scheduled for June. A decision to host that event is “pending”.