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Online-only for the second year this spring was the annual Woodstock fundraising Plant Sale

DAVID F. ASHTON - In her backyard showroom where she is hosting the 2021 Woodstock Community Plant Sale, Sandy Profeta examines an allium triquetrum – a bulbous flowering plant in the onion and garlic family.The Woodstock Community Plant Sale did take place this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, but it was a bit lower key than the ones held in the past on a weekend at the Woodstock Community Center.

Over a couple of weeks, starting on April 23, shoppers visited – by appointment – the private home of Sandy Profeta in Woodstock, not far from the Community Center.

"While I've been involved with it previously, this year I organized the sale; usually it's more of a team effort of several volunteers, with Terry Griffiths being the event's main inspiration for a long time," Profeta told THE BEE between visitors/shoppers.

This year, the plant sale was stocked by 43 donors who provided some 800 plants, said Profeta. The donors mostly live in Woodstock, Sellwood, Eastmoreland, and Westmoreland, but they also received donations from a resident of the West Hills, and from as far away as Oregon City.

"Keeping this plant sale going is so important, because the funds we raise help keep our Woodstock Community Center open. Although it's owned by Portland Parks, we provide the routine maintenance with our volunteers, and pay for certain supplies – like paper towels and toilet paper," Profeta explained. "Without this arrangement with PP&R, our Community Center would have closed down some time ago."

"While this year's sale is 'physically distanced', I'm getting a lot of great socialization – talking with both the donors and the buyers, which makes it really fun," Profeta remarked with a twinkle in her eye, as another plant customer came through her backyard gate.

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