William Paca Garden Plant Sale

Jun 06 to Jun 12

William Paca Garden Plant Sale

It's the William Paca Garden Plant Sale - reimagined! A tradition for over 40 years, the William Paca Garden Plant Sale will still provide the opportunity to take home a piece of history, but due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we've had to get a bit creative.

At this time we are re-working our plans to accommodate Plant Sale pre-orders and curbside pickup from June 6 through June 12, 2020. 

  • An online catalog will be available for view beginning June 1st.

  • Pre-orders can be placed online beginning June 3rd.

  • Only annuals, culinary plants, and vines will be available to purchase at this time.

  • Orders will be scheduled for curbside pickup at 1 Martin Street between 10 am and 2 pm from June 6th through 12th (you will be contacted following order placement to schedule a pickup time).

Check back here for the catalog and ordering information on June 1!

The William Paca Garden Plant Sale will have everything you need to plant your COVID-19 Victory Garden and bring some colorful history to your garden. Victory Gardens began in World War I to help feed Europeans who were suffering from food shortages. At the same time, Americans were facing shortages of canned goods, and began backyard gardens as a way of filling the gap and allowing more commercial crops to be sent to the troops overseas. To fill your own Victory Garden, the William Paca Garden Spring Plant Sale will feature thousands of culinary, annual, and vine plants, all hand raised by Historic Annapolis volunteers. Along with other culinary crops, some special tomatoes including the Micro Tom Tomato will be offered, considered to the be world’s smallest tomato with plants only 6-8 inches tall. In addition to both yellow and red cherry tomatoes, the relatively new Celano Hybrid, a 2020 AAS (All-American Selections Winner) will be available.

A new, fun crop to grow with children are the heirloom peanuts, originally brought to the United States from West Africa in the 17th century and one of the first peanuts imported and grown in the colonies.

Among the annuals that bring color to the garden all summer are Wishbone Plant (Torenia kauai) that likes the shade! And, we have biannual Hollyhocks, Nicotiana (flowering Tobacco), and Verbena Bonariensis (Tall verbena) among many other beautiful, flowering annuals. Among the offerings in the vine category will be the fragrant Snail Vine, which was said to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite, and Annapolis’s favorite Hyacinth Bean with its purple flowers, stems and beans.

All proceeds support the programs of the William Paca Garden. Your purchase will ensure the maintenance of our precious cultural site and its future. Thank you!

(We may also host a perennial Plant Sale this coming fall - stay tuned!)

This Event is Brought to You By William Paca House and Garden

The William Paca House & Garden is a National Historic Landmark, restored to its colonial-era splendor by Historic Annapolis, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Annapolis. Take some time to experience the 18th century life of lawyer, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, William Paca, as you browse through his breathtaking home. The House is open for docent-led tours for individuals and groups. Tours take place hourly on the half-hour, last approximately 40 minutes, and encompass two floors of 18th-century history. Walk through the parlor, kitchen, grand foyer and many bedrooms, getting a true sense of what it was like to be a part of the high-society of Annapolis during the 1700s. You can take a self-paced tour of the garden at any time during open hours. After a tour, visit the gift shop and pick up some souvenirs to remember this unique experience. The house and garden can also be rented out by those seeking an historic setting for events such as weddings, meetings, and reunions.