38th annual Mountain Garden Club Plant Sale postponed until next year

Mountain Garden Club board members regretfully decided to reschedule this year’s annual Plant Sale due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines.

The Plant Sale draws hundreds of gardening enthusiasts to the ballpark in Highlands each year, but MGC Advisory Board Member Jeannie Chambers said it just wasn’t an option given the state of emergency guidelines.

“Our ladies are dyed-in-the-wool plant warriors, and if the cancellation of this year’s sale could’ve been prevented, it would have,” said Chambers. “The social distancing, which began in late March, was the same time members normally start digging. We have to start early, just as the plants are coming up.”

MGC Member Caroline Cook with her truck “Bubba” and her spade after hauling plants to a secret location before last year’s sale.

Although 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic is seeing many, if not all spring and summer events cancelled, the MGC remains hopeful for the future and has currently rescheduled their plant sale on May 29, 2021. The money raised selling plants goes towards scholarships for local seniors.

“Rest assured, our scholarship students will still be funded, and we’ll be back,” said Chambers. “As soon as allowed, the committees that take care of gardens at the school, Fidelia Eckerd Center, and others will be getting their hands dirty once again.”

MGC members share a laugh while prepping for last year’s plant sale.

In the meantime, people can ‘check-in’ with MGC by visiting their Facebook page HERE or their website HERE.

Pictured at the top of the article are Mountain Garden Club members preparing for last year’s plannt sale in a secret location.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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