Small Talk: Blooms aplenty at Persephone plant sale
by Annette Maddox
Special to The Star
Apr 08, 2012 | 1512 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On April 20, Anniston’s First Presbyterian Church (on Henry Road) will once again be bursting at the seams with an explosion of colorful flowers, lush plants and delightful springtime fellowship as the Persephone Garden Club hosts its annual Plant Sale, a benefit for Meals of Mercy and Community Enabler.

As in years past, the sale will feature an array of blooming plants, hanging baskets, various ferns, perennials and some herbs. There will be a limited number of Knock Out roses, as well as Lenten roses and iris bulbs.

Also available at the plant sale (and testimony to the gracious hospitality of its hosts) will be a light luncheon, free of charge.

(As a veteran shopper of this sale, I can assure you that Persephone Garden Club members are not only masters of the garden, but of the kitchen, too.)

The sale not only offers great deals on growing things, but knowledge as well. Persephone Garden Club members are ever eager and willing to answer questions and offer advice. They will be on hand to assist you as you navigate the beautifully orchestrated indoor garden (which inevitably spills out onto the patio) that is painstakingly constructed each year.

Club member Lauren Ward has created and donated a lovely quilt — “A Deck of Spring Cards” — which will be raffled at the plant sale. The quilt features the vibrant colors of spring and is machine-washable and dryable. Raffle tickets will be $2 each, or three for $5.

Anne Reid (who is responsible for purchasing all the plants) is chairing up this year’s sale, with assistance from Saundra Lawson (invitations); Wilma Brown, Sandra Reid and Bettie Steed (staging); Loretta Carnes, June Morris and Menetta Nunnery (food); and Lauren Ward, Rita Harris and Marjorie De Mille (publicity).

Beg, borrow or steal a truck — or at least bring boxes — because you’re sure to find plenty to haul home. The sale begins at 10 a.m., and will conclude at 2 p.m.

See you there!

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Save the Date

This year’s fundraiser for the American Red Cross — “Wine and Food Basics 101: A Crash Course for the Confused” — will be at 6 p.m. April 25 at Classic on Noble. Patrick Bernardi, certified specialist of wine, will present easy-to-remember rules for pairing wine with food. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased at the Red Cross, from any Red Cross board member, and at Tyson’s Fine Wines.
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