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Annual plant sale boosts Eastmoreland gardening projects

DAVID F. ASHTON - Eastmoreland Garden Club member Susan Hoover checks out sale customer Annie Radecki, who is holding young Alex. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Eastmoreland Garden Club Unit #1 again held their annual Plant Sale on May 7 at the petite-sized Eastmoreland Garden Park on S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Shoppers queued up, waiting for the sale to start – and, when it opened, sales were brisk throughout the morning. “Most of the plants come from our members’ gardens,” revealed this year’s Chair, Alison Lopakka-Joy.

Volunteers carefully dig them up – with the member’s permission, of course – then pot and nurture them for three months before the sale, Lopakka-Joy explained. “Only 15% of the plants here come from nurseries.”

Susan Hoover, President of Eastmoreland Garden Club Unit #1, said they’d hoped to raise as much as $3,000 from the sale.

“The money goes to support projects that are in line with our club’s goals, which is to promote gardening related projects, and gardening education,” Hoover told THE BEE.

“In addition to helping support tree maintenance in Eastmoreland, some of the funds raised also go to projects that support food security and food growing education.”