The 2021 Sequim Prairie Garden Club’s annual Plant Sale on May 8 was a resounding success, netting the club more sales than in any past year, club members said this week.
Everything from whimsical yard art to dozens of vegetables starts, plants and hanging baskets sold quickly at Pioneer Memorial Park, they said, bringing in a grand total of $7,295, said Vina Winters, Sequim Prairie Garden Club president
“We are so pleased,” Winters said. “Last year it was just a tiny plant sale for drive-by and pick-up due to the pandemic. We were really counting on this sale and thanks to the public support, we are off to a great start this summer.
“This is the most we have ever cleared for a plant sale and we really appreciate the community support.”
The club relies on volunteers and fundraising, along with the clubhouse rental to fund all maintenance of the grounds under the terms of its 99-year lease with the city. The facility has been closed down this last year and no other fundraisers were held. A Go Fund Me site helped raise enough money to keep the park maintained over part of 2021, Winters said, but this fundraiser will make a significant difference to the park’s future maintenance.
Plant sale coordinator Arlene Sawyer oversaw the greenhouse propagation in club member Roy Haralson’s greenhouse that included tomato plants, herbs and annual flowers offered at the sale. Karen McNerney and Ester DeWeese oversaw the garden art offerings which featured some truly beautiful and creative pieces for shoppers to admire and purchase.
This year’s sale was a true community event, with club members and a variety of volunteers from local organizations pitching in to make the day a success, as the club needed to move all sales outside because of health restrictions. That effort included the the loan of two large tents (plus set up and take-down) from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.
“That tent gave us enormous peace of mind over any potential bad weather,” club treasurer Joan Whiting said..
Plants were put on tables provided and delivered by the City of Sequim. Volunteers from the Lions Club moved additional tables out to the sale area from the log cabin. On the day of the sale, Sequim High School FFA members, along with members of the Sequim Elks Scout Troop #1948, helped buyers and sellers alike.
“They were invaluable,” Whiting said. “They moved plants and art from tables to the holding area, pulled wagons loaded with plants to shoppers’ cars, and moved all of the leftover plants to designated areas after the sale They also relieved our aching backs by the end of the day.”