A cutting of this lilac bush traveled all the way from Russia and is now more than 100 years old. It will be available for purchase at the May 6 Master Gardener Plant Sale at the grassy area in front of the Halifax library from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

“I just want my plants to go to a loving home,” the 97-year-old lady told Paulina Hartsoe Carroll as she carefully handed her a slip from a lilac bush.

The small cutting, wrapped in damp towels, was taken from the base of a lilac bush that came to America just prior to World War I, around 1913.

Nelson is a Southside Master Gardener with the Virginia Cooperative Extension.