by: David F. Ashton, Called “pillars of the event” by its organizer, here are Karen Krettler and her mom, Jan Elliott – both of whom attended Woodstock Elementary School.

'My motto for our plant sale is 'From the neighborhood, for the neighborhood',' commented organizer Terry Griffith, of the Friends of Woodstock Community Center, at the gardening bazaar on May 11.

'The plant sale started out raising money to plant and maintain street trees on Woodstock Boulevard,' Griffith said. 'But now, it helps us pay for custodial service for the Woodstock Community Center, supporting a relationship with Portland Parks and Recreation.' The street trees' maintenance is now largely in the hands of the Woodstock Community Business Association's 'Stakeholders Group'.

The Woodstock annual plant sale wouldn't be possible without the support of volunteers, she added. 'People in the neighborhood give us amazing plants, and we sell them for amazingly good prices. With well over a thousand plants here, our target this year is to raise about $2,000.'

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