MBAGC Breaks Record at its Annual Spring Plant Sale!

Farmington — Mt. Blue Area Garden Club posted the best outcome ever at its annual spring plant sale, with proceeds exceeding $1,500 for the two-hour event.

The plant sale funds the club’s scholarship program, which is offered to all Franklin County high school seniors who are going on to pursue post-secondary degrees or certificates in horticulture or related studies.

Customers lined up early at Meetinghouse Park to get a sneak-peek at the offerings in hopes they would get one of their plants of choice when the courthouse clock chimed 9:00 am, serving as the opening bell.

The first plants to sell out were bleeding hearts and bergenias, which were all sporting lush blossoms that day. Hundreds of other outdoor plants, herbs, and houseplants, all grown and donated by the club’s members, went fast.

Also breaking records was the size of the Christmas cactus, donated by the club’s Treasurer, Marion Hutchinson! This enormous beauty was raffled off as part of the event with the help of Louise Marcout who sold the raffle tickets.

Local resident, Macie Staples, was ecstatic when she learned she was the winner. When she arrived to claim her prize, she announced that several neighbors in her apartment building had already asked for the much-coveted cuttings to propagate plants for themselves.

Our club was so blessed when Erica Haywood agreed to lead the effort to organize this sale, succeeding Marion Hutchinson, who tirelessly coordinated it for countless years. Thank you Marion for your many years of amazing work.

And thank you, Erica, for your efforts to realize such a successful transition. Erica was everywhere all at once making the magic happen before and during the sale!

And another hearty thank you to all our members who worked so hard over the past several months growing and dividing plants for this sale, including Beth Myers and Pat Durham who wanted to participate more but were limited due to physical challenges they are experiencing.

Last but certainly not least, we express our sincere gratitude to these volunteers who arrived early Saturday morning to set up and run the sale itself: Mary Batt, Suzanne Biegaj, Marion Hutchinson, Libby Kaut, Lisa Laflin, Erica Haywood, Regina Longyear, Louise Marcout, and Annette Tripp. Thanks to you all for your time and support!