Gardeners will have plenty of choices at the seventh annual Quarryville Library benefit auction.
Owners of 15 local greenhouses will be donating plants to this year's sale, organizer Ron Althoff said last week.
"We expect to have annuals, perennials, and some shrubs and trees," he said.
"We're stressing flowers this year. We always do well with them."
Vacation stays are always popular with bidders, Althoff said. Among the offerings at this year's sale are a week's stay in Ocean City, Md., a week at Fenwick Island, Delaware, and two nights at the Wagner cottage on Fishing Creek.
There will also be a special Lancaster Barnstormers package. It includes tickets for four people, team merchandise, a tour of the stadium, and the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a home game.
Works by local artists will be available. They include a painting of a local scene by the late Charles X. Carlson, a Doris Hough painting of a Lancaster, Oxford, and Southern narrow gauge railroad train at the granary at Fulton House, and prints by artists Tom Regan and Laura Mark-Finberg.
A dining room set and a glass-topped library table will be among the items already listed for sale.
Buyers will be able to purchase books to be used in the library's children's section.
Autographed books will be available at this year's sale. Among them are Past Tense by Lee Child and Portrait of a Sister by Laura Bradford. The books are being provided by the Friends of the Quarryville Library.
"We rely on donations to make this happen. Without them, it doesn't happen," Althoff said.
The auction remains the library's largest single fundraiser.
"We would like to make $13,000 this year," Althoff said.
Money from the sale will be used to fund library activities and programs and help fund operating expenses.
There will be a preview party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. The preview will be held in the library's Carlson Cultural Room.
The preview will also include a silent auction that will have a dozen or more items. Prospective buyers will also be able to leave bids for the Saturday auction.
The auction will be held at the Hoffman Building, Solanco Fairgrounds, on Saturday, April 13. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the sale will start at 9 a.m.
Breakfast sandwiches will be available.
Darvin Rodgers of Marietta will be the auctioneer; Gordon Herr will clerk the sale.