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An Eastmoreland club had a plant sale, and realized a tidy sum from its one-day effort

DAVID F. ASHTON - Gary Burgoine gets help choosing a plant from Eastmoreland Garden Club member Vicki Mintkeski. It appeared there was pent up demand – as people lined up on S.E. 27th Avenue for the annual "Eastmoreland Garden Club Unit #1" Mother's Day Plant Sale. Eager buyers arriving at the small-but-manicured Eastmoreland Garden along Bybee Boulevard across from the Eastmoreland Golf Course Clubhouse had to wait until the official start of the annual sale.

Within the first hour, most of the inventory – a lot of which had been grown and donated by Garden Club members – had been picked clean, with shoppers going back home with their cars, wheelbarrows, and wagons loaded with plants.

"It looks like we'll have to close early," smiled sale Co-Chair Alison Lopakka Joy before noon. "We have 30 members in our club, and this year 27 members participated – with a full contingent turning out, which helped!"

Mother's Day Plant Sale has been taking place each spring since the 1950s, Lopakka Joy told THE BEE. "The primary purpose of this is to raise money for the Eastmoreland Garden where the sale takes polace; but some of the money we raise goes to support food-aid programs, as well."

For their efforts, Lopakka Joy said the club had taken in $3,500 this year.

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