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Woodstock Plant Sale: Funds again raised; hypertufa pots featured

For twenty-five years the Woodstock Neighborhood Association has held a plant sale on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Each year neighbors begin potting up plants as early as late fall, or any time after that when they are dividing plants or getting rid of extras while rearranging their gardens.

The sale has always been known for the quality of its plants – perennials, native plants, ground covers, herbs, shrubs and trees.

by: ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Shelly Keach fills hypertufa pots (arrayed in front of her on the pathway) with sedums. These garden pots sold out in record time this year. Terry Griffiths, who has helped coordinate the plant sale since it began in 1989, appreciates all of the help she gets from community volunteers. In an e-mail to volunteers the day after this year’s sale she said:

“Thank you all for your role(s) in making this year's plant sale another great success. I (we) can't say enough about the generosity of this community.” She went on to praise the volunteers and loyal gardeners who bring plants to her as early as February: “Wonderful plant donations and good-natured, capable volunteer help: Volunteers who look around, figure out what needs to be done, and do it.”

The sale is the major annual fundraising event for the Woodstock Neighborhood Association and Friends of the Woodstock Community Center. This year net proceeds were just short of $3,000. All proceeds go toward keeping the Woodstock Community Center open, and are used mainly for custodial fees and supplies.

“While not quite as much as last year, this is an excellent result – especially considering we were working around vagaries of weather this past winter and spring, and even on the day of the sale itself,” says Griffiths.

Shelly Keach, Woodstock resident and plant sale volunteer, spent dozens of hours arranging delicate sedums and beautiful stones into hypertufa garden pots. “It’s fun,” says Keach who works meticulously with tweezers to fill the pots with sedums donated by neighborhood gardeners and the Portland Nursery.

Each year for the past three years plant sale volunteers have made the hypertufa pots months before the sale, using a combination of cement, peat moss, and perlite. The mix makes a durable and slightly porous pot that can be left outside all year long.

Neighbors love the annual Woodstock Plant Sale for its diversity and reasonable prices. Volunteers see the event as a fun way to get to know each other better and to meet neighbors. And the funds raised keep the Woodstock Community Center open as a community resource for another year.

If you are interested in helping next year, or donating plants, call Terry Griffiths at 503/771-0011. There’s more information about the annual plant sale and the Woodstock Neighborhood Association online at: http://www.woodstockpdx.org.