A popular plant sale marks the end of pandemic restrictions by returning to Eastmoreland upcoming in May

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - At the site of the May 14th plant sale and Gathering at the Garden theyre organizing, here are Eastmoreland Garden Club members - from left: Theresa Lovett, Judy Hayward, Carrie McGraw, Susan Hoover, and Marti Granmo. The conifer at lower left is an example of small trees that will be included in the plant sale. The pandemic has interrupted so many things. One annual popular event that was halted for three years is the Eastmoreland Garden Club's fund-raising plant sale. This year it's back, with more of an emphasis on celebration. Garden Club members are calling this month's extravaganza a "Gathering in the Garden" – and, in addition to the plant sale, it will also be a pageant of free and festive community events focusing on gardening.

The date will be Saturday, May 14th, from 10 until 2, and it will again be in the Eastmoreland Garden Park, at the corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 27th Avenue. In addition to garden and art items for sale, there will be educational materials about gerdening, four hours of live music, and more.

The for-sale items will include local nursery plants, commercially-grown tomato starts, glass and wrought iron garden art, Red Pig hand-crafted steel garden tools; small colorful flowering epimedium plants, conifer and maple trees from Arbutus Garden Arts, house plants and perennials from Roots of Joy (a floral design business), and native plants from SymbiOp Garden Shop. There will also be a free garden activity for children.

The gardening and environmental education will include tables by six nonprofit organizations – QuietCleanPDX, the Portland Rose Society, Metro Master Gardeners, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, and the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association Tree Committee.

Live music from local bands and ensembles will play at appointed times during all four hours. Performing will be "the always popular and invigorating" Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band, at 10 a.m.; the Chinook Winds Woodwinds Trio, at 10:45 a.m.; "Mice in the Kitchen", an Irish Session group, at 11:40 a.m.; the Sellwood Jazz Ensemble at 12:20 p.m.; and Missy Jo and the Joes Bluegrass band, at 1:30 p.m.

The Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) and Southeast Uplift are co-sponsors of the event. A sale of commemorative bricks to be placed in the garden area will support maintenance of Eastmoreland Garden Park. The ENA Welcome Committee will also have items for sale.

The Eastmoreland Garden Club was founded in 1945 to promote the art of gardening and the study of horticulture, landscape, and floral design. Over the years it has furthered its objectives of protecting trees, plants, and birds. Its plant sales began over 70 years ago, with members digging and dividing plants from their own homes to sell to the community. Proceeds have gone to local organizations that promote gardening and green spaces, such as the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, and the Leach Botanical Garden.

Funds from the sales have also helped underwrite the maintenance of the Eastmoreland Garden Park and Eastmoreland's street trees; and funds raised at this year's Gathering in the Garden will be used in the same way. If you have any questions, feel free to contact co-organizer Marti Granmo by email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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