By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Assistant to the Editor
The 54th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Hyde Park Shopping Center’s courtyard, located at 1526 E. 55th St.
The sale features between 40,000 and 50,000 hand-picked plants from the Midwest, according to George Rumsey, a member of the event’s organizer, the Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee. He says the selection ranges in cost from under $5 to more than $75 and comprises ten different departments, including annuals, vegetables, house plants and herbs.
According to Rumsey, 40 percent of the sale’s proceeds will go toward the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference — of which the Hyde Park Garden Committee is a part — while the rest will help fund new plants at the gardens at Spruce and Nichols parks and Growing Home, a non-profit offering transitional employment and training in agriculture.
Though the sale is a yearly Hyde Park tradition, this year’s event is marked by a warning against a disease called downy mildew that afflicts impatiens, a type of flowering plant.
“We’re recommending that if you use [impatiens], use it for hanging baskets or window boxes because once it’s infected it contaminates the soil for other impatiens,” Rumsey said.
For more information about the sale, visit hydeparkgardenfair.org.