When Dr. Thomas Rea and his wife, Marj, lived on Section Street in the stately white house they adorned with expansive gardens, they planted many, many hostas that they purchased from the Indianapolis Hosta Society. Over the years, they divided the plants, added more, and shared them with members of the community.
Many years after the Reas moved from the home, it was sold along with the acreage in 2021 to the Edwardsburg Public Schools. And thanks to the generosity school officials, the museum was granted permission to dig many of the hostas for sale at its 2022 plant sale, which runs from May 20 through June 11.
Many of these hostas are stately and have been planted in large, decorative container pots that the museum acquired a few years ago from the estate of the late Teresa Kraus, a longtime Edwardsburg florist. Along with the hostas are several other plants from the Section Street house, including plumerias and lilies. Also donating hostas and other plants are Greg and Michelle Black, and Kevin and Rose Kelsheimer. Additionally, the museum will carry a wide variety of perennial plants, as well as containers of annuals suitable for patios, porches, or grave placements over Memorial Day.
The plant sale will be manned during the week prior to Memorial Day as well as throughout Memorial Day weekend and beyond.