Gardeners, gear up. The Duvall Civic Club’s annual Plant and Garden Art Sale is around the corner. Saturday, May 12 marks the 40th time that the sale has been held at the Duvall Library.
The event started as a few flats of plants for sale in front of the library. Fast forward to 2012, when the entire block behind the library is closed to traffic to allow for over 20 booths offering plants, shrubs and trees, plus garden art and gifts.
Riverside Avenue may be closed to automobile traffic but foot and wagon traffic is always steady.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” stated Sue Juhre, the event’s coordinator. “It is always so gratifying on Saturday morning to see so many volunteers show up to help, whether they are Civic Club members or not. Then shoppers start arriving and it’s hustle-bustle until we close at 4 o’clock.”
Many shoppers come because it is one of the longest running garden events on the eastside and visions of plum trees are dancing in their heads … along with overflowing baskets of blooming begonias. Fond memories of fresh herbs, veggie starts and colorful annuals from years past cause people to start lining up at 9:30, though they know they won’t be allowed in until 10.
It’s the excitement of the unknown – what delectable garden treasures will be found this year? What exciting new piece of garden art will be sharing car space on the way home with pots of fragrantly scented geraniums or foot-high tomato plants?
Other shoppers just follow the aroma of coffee and fresh baked goods from Purple Door Bakery, a young Duvall catering entrepreneur who creates addictive baked goods. Then there are the kids, seeking out one of their favorite librarians, Kathy Huber, who shows up every year to help kids pot up a free marigold for their mom.
With Mother’s Day the following day, many attendees arrive with the intention of taking home a plant, card or gift for Mom or Grandma. They can browse through booths of glass garden art, concrete leaf castings, jewelry and handwrought garden tools.
“We’re always excited to see what’s new from our local artists and landscaping companies,” said Juhre. “This year we have some interesting new vendors, including a booth with vertical garden kits and another with concrete leaf castings and birdhouses with living roofs, just like our new library.”
The most often asked question this year is: Will this be the last year? When the new library opens later this year, the future of the original library building, which is owned by the City of Duvall, is unknown.
Back in 1932, the Civic Club decided the town needed a library, and they rallied the town and its people, soliciting donations of property, money, building supplies and labor to build it. Once built, the club turned the keys over to the City of Duvall, though they were still responsible for running the library for many decades, sponsoring fundraisers to help pay for furnishings, equipment, even staffing.
“Yes, this may be our last sale or perhaps just the last sale, as we know it today,” stated Juhre. “So hopefully, our community will show up in storm to buy every last plant as this fundraiser supports so many Valley non-profits.”
The club uses the event’s profits to support organizations like the Sno-Valley Senior Center, Riverview Education Foundation and others. This leads to the second most often asked question: Who will win this year’s raffle of over $1,000 worth of gift certificates, gifts and garden goodies? (Proceeds benefiting the Duvall Friends of the Library.)
Juhre answers that question, “Maybe you, but you can’t win without buying a ticket or ten.”
Tickets will be available all day on May 12 or can be purchased after April 26 at the Duvall Library, where the raffle container will be on display.
Complete information on the event can be found on the Duvall Civic Club’s Facebook page or at www.gardentango.com/2012LibraryPlantSale.aspx.
Don’t Compost It!
Your garden trash may be someone else’s treasure! The Duvall Civic Club is accepting the community’s plant donations for the May 12 annual Plant and Garden Art Sale up until Friday, May 11. For additional information, please contact Wendy Shimada at (425) 301-6180. The sale will be held from 10-4 on Saturday, May 12 behind the Duvall Library and along Riverside Avenue.