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Spring is the time for plant sale fundraisers -- and Souteast has a lot! This one was on Powell

RITA A. LEONARD - Foster-Powell gardener Nicole Obog, at left, poses with new plant starts, along with Coordinator Stacey Keller, upcoming Garden Manager Amanda King, and gardener Loren Bennett. On April 14, the Foster-Powell Community Garden celebrated Earth Day with their annual plant sale and fundraiser. This year there were over 100 donations of plants from local gardeners, most offered for sale for just one dollar each. There were also a few large shrubs for sale – including lilacs, fuchsias, and voodoo lilies. Coordinator Stacey Keller, who will soon turn over her job as Garden Manager to Amanda King, helped organize the raffle table.

"The Foster-Powell Community Garden was founded in 2013," reminded Keller. "The garden is sited on top of an asphalt pad left from a former gas station. We get our water from two huge 2,500-gallon cisterns near the tool shed, and we use the water for our raised beds here." The precise location is at the intersection of S.E. 62nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

Amanda King joined in, "It's a wonderful place to meet neighborhood friends, and make gardening connections." Scores of shoppers explored the garden, purchasing iris, tomatoes, sunflowers, herbs, sedge, mints, and mugwort and sunchoke tubers, among many other plants.

Large yellow-green euphorbia blooms brightened up the early garden, along with a new large copper-and-wine-bottle garden sculpture near the front gate. A poster that hung on the wooden-flower bedecked fence advertised coming events: Work parties, a harvest party, and a potluck.

Families and dog walkers chatted and explored the garden, snacking and trading information and local news. Shoppers chose boxes of new plants to try out at home. "We have house plants, ground cover, and some plants for gardens and yards," smiled King. "These were all donated by local gardeners and Portland Nursery. We're pleased with the ongoing support for our unique community garden, and the joys and produce that it provides."


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