Northwest NEWS

July 1, 2002

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Plant lovers wait all year for Civic Club sale

by Karen Waddington
   Contributing Writer
   Long before the 32nd annual Duvall Civic Club May plant and garden sale was to open at the Duvall Library, people began lining up. Before 10 a.m., a line of 50 or so people had formed at the entrance.
   "People wait all year for this one day," said one civic club member and volunteer organizer for this day's events.
   Master Gardeners shop alongside green thumb wannabes and last minute Mother's Day shoppers. The plant sale, always held on the Saturday before Mother's Day, brings people from all over.
   With wagons they circulate through the ordinary and unusual plants and ask questions of civic club volunteers and master gardeners.
   One member, a longtime resident of Duvall who has since moved to South Dakota, traveled all the way back for this event. She confided that in the 1960s, when she began in the civic club, people used to dig up their own plants from their yards and donate them to the sale. Things are much different now, with plants coming from nurseries and master gardeners, such as Summit Greenhouse and Box Hill Nursery.
   The warm sunny weather drew an estimated 250 people to the sale. Dollars from the plant sale go back to the community, with part of the proceeds going to the library fund, creation of scholarships, reading programs, children's services and holiday sponsorship of families in need.
   This is also the second year that the Garden Art Show has been combined with the plant sale. At least 25 artists participated this year, causing the show to spill out onto the library's patio.
   The art show boasts only local art and has pieces from both amateur and professionals. It also includes work from all age groups.
   Recently, the students from Eagle Rock Multi-Age School went to Kathy Allen's Lazy A Ceramics Studio.
   The pieces they created that day were showcased during the plant sale.
   Proceeds benefited both Eagle Rock School and the Duvall Civic Club. Artists showcased jewelry, birdhouses, paintings, pottery, hand- made soaps and salves, toys, cards, stationary and potholders, all with a loosely based theme of gardens.
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