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AGC plant sale benefits community

Arlington Garden Club's annual plant sale helps fund scholarships and community service projects

 

Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Locals Elgin Owens, left, and Vince Duva pick out some plants for Mother's Day at the Arlington Garden Club's annual plant sale on May 13.

The Arlington Garden Club held their annual plant sale on May 13 which helps the club fund their scholarship and community service.

Club members grow plants throughout the year to bring to their May sale which happens just before Mother's Day.

"We're out here selling plants that we have put together," said Arlington Garden Club president Connie Gronning.

"This is what we use to make money to give to all of the different programs we like," she said.

Arlington Garden Club member Kitty Fitch said the plant sale gives the public an opportunity to learn about everything the club does.

"I've heard several people say 'well, where does the money go?'" said Fitch.

Over the last year the club has donated about $6,400 to various community organizations. That includes donating a bench at a trail near the Oso landslide site, providing a $2,000 scholarship to local students and donating to Future Farmers of America programs.

Funds also help the volunteer efforts of the club, like taking care of the Mayor's Garden at City Hall, trees near the Centennial Trail and Lebanon Park.

"There's a lot of things we do that people don't realize we do," said Gronning.

She added her favorite part was providing education to the public.

"Our motto is to leave earth a better place, and the only way we can do that is educating the public about the importance of not spraying chemicals everywhere," she said.

The club also helps with potting party at schools, such as a recent party at Stanwood Elementary.

"There are some kids who are amazed that carrots grow in a garden," said Gronning.

Gronning said that club members enjoy the day out in the community.

"We all enjoy it and they're good plants," she said.

"I like meeting the public because we get to talk to everybody and explain the plants to them and answer their questions," said Fitch.

"There's so many master gardeners here that at least one of us knows what the plant is," she said.

Christopher Andersson

Locals said they liked stopping by because it was a convenient place to get a gift.

"We were just at the Stilly Diner and saw this [across the street by City Hall, where the sale took place]. It's Mother's Day tomorrow, so we thought this was pretty convenient," said local Vince Duva.

Others said it was a good place to get unique plants.

"I can get something different that I don't normally see at a good deal," said local Yvonne Gallardo-Van Ronam. "And I'm supporting a local club at the same time."

Fitch said she wanted to thank the community for continuing to support the Arlington Garden Club.

More information about the club is available at their website at arlingtongardenclub.org.

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