Time to donate some local garden history

  • Written by Barb Olsen
This volunteer is one of many who helped set up for last year’s Duvall Civic Club Plant Sale. Courtesy photo.
As spring begins to show its bloom, people around the area are already digging up green treasures from their yards to donate to the 41st annual Duvall Civic Club Plant and Garden Art Sale.

The sale is Saturday, May 11, (the day before Mother’s Day) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It takes place in the parking lot behind the old Duvall Library and along the adjacent Riverside Avenue.

“You can take home a piece of local history for your garden,” Duvall Civic Club Vice President Claire Eaton said of the sale, which will feature thousands of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, garden starts and blooming baskets. “Some perennials people have donated in years past have been growing in this valley for over a hundred years.”

Plant sale volunteers are taking plant donations now. So if you can donate plants or you have questions, contact Claire Eaton at (206) 371-4579 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Plant sale organizers are looking for donations of perennials, extra seed starts (especially vegetable starts), unusual annuals, herbs, shrubs, small trees, hanging baskets, pansies, and more. Plants must be potted, and arrangements can be made for drop-off or pickup.

“You can connect with familiar faces at the plant sale,”  plant sale vendor and Civic Club supporter Deb Kyle commented. “So you can see how a particular plant from last year is doing. And it’s a wonderful way to find some great plant deals.”

The plant sale is an event for the non-gardener as well, with plenty of food, local artists and garden art to choose from. And it’s kid-friendly and family-friendly, as children’s librarian Katherine Huber can attest. Huber leads the kids’ activities at the plant sale, including the potting of Mother’s Day marigolds the kids can do while their parents shop.

“The plant sale is a wonderful place to get a Mother’s Day gift,” Huber remarked.

The Duvall Civic Club uses proceeds from the Duvall Civic Club Plant and Garden Art Sale to help support community services such as the SnoValley Senior Center, Hopelink, the Duvall Library, the Riverview School District and SummerStage performances, as well as to fund two scholarships for Cedarcrest High School students.

To find out more, see the Duvall Civic Club’s Facebook page, where you can sign up as a Civic Club Facebook friend.

And for those interested in joining in Duvall Civic Club events through the year, Civic Club meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the old library’s downstairs meeting room (except for the summer break in July and August).

Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Barb Olsen is a local writer and journalist and a volunteer with the Duvall Civic Club.

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