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The Garden Club of Kent's annual Plant Sale was a "rousing success" in spite of the inclement weather on Patrons' Night.
The event featured hanging baskets, member-donated perennials, flats of annual flowers, and vegetables including tomatoes, eggplant, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, tomatoes, and more tomatoes.
The Streetsboro Police Department sent an officer to help with vehicle traffic and the "Parking Crew" directed buyers to the parking on the hill.
Numerous members donated their time as clerks and cashiers and others helped customers carry their plants to their cars.
Elisa's Refreshment Society provided light finger foods and beverages to the patrons and the Celtic Clan again entertained.
The club donated more than $3,000 worth of plants to various charities, including Unified Resources Recreation (Powercorps), LoveLight, Inc., Kent State University Child Development, Haven of Rest, Crouse CLC, Tallmadge Good Neighbors, Portage Recovery Center, and Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat provides some plants to its homeowners and sells some at the Restore in the University Plaza in Kent. Donations by the Garden Club of Kent to the local Habitat for Humanity and other charitable entities are part of its Charter.
The Community Garden plots are all rented for this year and quite a few gardeners were taking advantage of the sale and the weather to plant their gardens.
One new renter and her family are trying gardening as a family.
Garden plots are available to both members and non-members. To rent a plot for next year, call Sue at 330-673-4048.
Summer events for the Garden Club are the Corn Roast and the Horticultural Show/Photography Show in August, open to members and the public.
Members of the public may submit entries for the show by taking them to the Ode to Joy building in Kent at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 19 for friendly-competition judging and awards.
The Garden Club of Kent is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote an interest in and knowledge of horticulture, engage in programs and activities that promote social fellowship among members, benefit students by way of scholarships, and promote community beautification.
Membership is open; for more information about joining, call Lee at 330-673-8659.