Windham Garden Club’s plant sale keeps growing
Satisfied shopper Lillian Griffis filled a box of plants to bring back to her Arlington, Mass. home. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Gardeners and green thumbs of all ages, some of them driving for an hour or more to attend the Windham Garden Club’s annual plant sale on Saturday morning, arrived early and prepared, eager to get their hands on the season’s best pickings.
Proceeds from the sale are used toward college scholarships for local students, with all 60 or so of the club’s members participating in the very popular event.
Last year’s raffle winners, Windham residents Susan Martineau and Roger Kinchen, rose early on Saturday morning to march to the front of the line, their wheelbarrows and red Radio Flyer wagons trailing behind them.
As she waited by the front of the gate to be admitted for a 15-minute solo trip around the plant sale, Martineau glanced around the parking lot, taking in the fragrant view of peonies, hanging tomatoes and succulents.
“Let me tell you, her garden is thriving right now,” German added.
This year’s sale was a first for Kinchen, having been given the lucky ticket by his friend Cheryl Cravino.
“Just look at those perennials,” Kinchen said as he made a beeline for a display of bergamot and butterfly bushes.
“The tables will be a lot smaller by 1 o’clock,” German noted, adjusting the colorful silk flowers on her straw hat. “Looks like we’ll be pretty cleared out again this year.”
“I haven’t missed one yet,” said Griffis, whose son lives nearby. “The plants here are simply beautiful; they’ll keep me going all summer long.”
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