2006-05-18 / News

Garden club's plant sale includes boutique items

The Quononoquott Garden Club has added a second tent to its annual Plant Sale scheduled for this Saturday, May 20, at East Ferry from 9 a.m. to noon. A rain date of Sunday has been set.

In addition to the thousands of quality perennials, this year the club will create a "Boutique-bythe Bay" to showcase the many talents of its 40 members.

Club President Gloria Westlake said the club has been working since January to create the wide array of objects that have been sewn, painted, or decorated by a member of the club.

"We started with painted birdhouses a few years ago," Westlake said, noting that they sold so well, "we decided to see how far we can go" with boutique items.

Among the items for sale are painted mirror and picture frames, decorated gardening totes, hats and aprons, and "garden art" items like small plaques with sayings, Westlake said.

In the primary tent, the club has collected perennials, grasses, and shrubs from gardens all over the island. They have an extensive collection of hosta, Solomon's seal, and other shade lovers, and "the rain has made everything bigger and greener than ever," Westlake enthused.

Dozens of geraniums in all the most popular colors will also be available at the sale.

All proceeds will go toward civic beautification projects in Jamestown.

In recent years, the club has used the proceeds to purchase benches and trash receptacles at East Ferry, to give a facelift to at the Memorial Museum Garden at the fire station, and to plant trees and daffodils in many locations around the island.

The club was started in 1949 and is a member of the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs.

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