The neighbors lining up, waiting for the Eastmoreland Garden Club's Annual Spring Sale to open, portended a successful event on a morning not too long before summer began - as volunteers finished bringing in and arranging the last of the plants for sale, in the small, new Eastmoreland Garden Park, at the junction of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and S.E. 27th Avenue.
The park was created from a small parking lot adjacent to the Eastmoreland Golf Course.
'Actually, we'd have been disappointed if there weren't people here before we opened,' remarked this year's event Chair, Judy Battles, with a big smile. 'We're only open for four hours, once a year. People come early to get their best selection of plants. They know we offer a wide variety of interesting plants.'
And come they did; buyers looked at the greenery, asked questions, and kept three cashiers busy ringing up sales throughout the morning.
The 35 members of the garden club donate plants from their garden, or purchase plants for the sale. 'One member donated 143 plants this year!' exclaimed Battles. 'Members also volunteer to work a shift at the sale.'
She enjoys being part of the Eastmoreland Garden Club's sale for two reasons.
'First, I love gardening, and it's really nice to belong to a club of like-minded people, who enjoy plants and gardening. And second, the money that we make helps pay for this great little garden park's maintenance.
'We also donate funds to the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association; the leftover plants we give to the Multnomah County Master Gardeners, for their sale.'
Battles said they had been hoping to clear about $2,000 - but 'we earned about $2,200, better than average. For being a cooler day, and springtime, we were delighted.'