Popular plant sale marks end of pandemic restrictions by returning to Eastmoreland in May
The pandemic has interrupted so many things. A popular annual event that has been on hiatus for three years is the Eastmoreland Garden Club fundraising plant sale. This year it’s back, with more emphasis on celebration. Garden Club members are calling this month’s extravaganza a “gathering in the garden” – and, in addition to the sale of plants, it will also be a spectacle of free, festive entertainment. gardening-focused community events.
The date will be Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it will again be in the Eastmoreland Garden Park, at the corner of SE Bybee Boulevard and 27th Avenue. Along with garden items and art for sale, there will be educational gardening materials, four hours of live music, and more.
Items for sale will include local nursery plants, commercially grown tomato sprouts, glass and wrought iron garden art, handcrafted steel garden tools by Red Pig; small colorful flowering epimedium plants, conifers and maples from Arbutus Garden Arts, houseplants and perennials from Roots of Joy (a floral design company) and native plants from SymbiOp Garden Shop. There will also be a free garden activity for children.
Gardening and environmental education will include tables from six nonprofit organizations – QuietCleanPDX, Portland Rose Society, Metro Master Gardeners, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association Tree Committee .
Live music from local bands and ensembles will play at specific times throughout the four hours. The show will be “the ever-popular and invigorating” Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band, at 10 a.m.; the Chinook Winds Woodwinds Trio, at 10:45 a.m.; “Mice in the Kitchen,” an Irish Session band, at 11:40 a.m.; the Sellwood Jazz Ensemble at 12:20 p.m.; and Missy Jo and the Joes Bluegrass Band, at 1:30 p.m.
The Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) and Southeast Uplift are co-sponsors of the event. A sale of commemorative bricks to be placed in the garden will support the maintenance of the Eastmoreland Garden Park. The ENA Welcome Committee will also offer items for sale.
The Eastmoreland Garden Club was founded in 1945 to promote the art of gardening and the study of horticulture, landscape and floral design. Over the years, he has pursued his goals of protecting trees, plants and birds. Its plant sales began over 70 years ago, with members digging and dividing plants from their own homes to sell to the community. Proceeds went to local organizations that promote gardening and green space, like Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and Leach Botanical Garden.
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