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Town ‘n Country gardeners prepare for plant sale

TOWN 誰 COUNTRY - The Town 地 Country Garden Circle has been serving the community for a half-century and organizing plant sales for the past decade. They call their annual sale the Town 地 Country Extravaganza, because preparing hundreds, if not a thousand plants for the daylong event is no easy feat. Their time-tested solution: 菟ot parties. 展e go a row at a time, caring for plants that need to be repotted or trimmed for Saturday痴 sale, plant sale chairperson Betty Morris said during a recent weekly morning session prepping plants for the event. 展e致e been doing this since January.
展e call it our pot party, depending on who we池e talking to, joked Agnes 鄭ggie Pompeo, a five-year member of the club among those in the work detail at the 1-acre Morris homestead off Benjamin Road. Officially, it痴 a 菟otting event. Plants available 殿t great prices include Hong Kong orchid trees, angel trumpet, butterfly plant and calla lilies, edible hibiscus plus fruit-bearing ones such as loquat, papaya, star fruit, key lime and pineapple. 典hey池e all grown by the ladies, either from taking clips of their plants and reproducing them or growing them from seeds, said Pompeo, a retiree, Buffalo, N.Y. native and vice president of the 63-member club. All plants are Florida friendly and easy to care for. 徹ur theme is, 選f we can grow it, you can grow it, Pompeo said. The daylong sale at Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road, will include an expo of gardening-related vendors and plant societies. A dozen food trucks sell a variety of cuisine. Tool-sharpening services also will be available. Many plants are priced $1 to $5, said Morris, in her third year as chair of the sale. Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward beautifying Wekiva Youth Camp, a residential nature camp in Apopka for children in third through eighth grades, sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Morris said. The garden circle is preparing for the sale at the home of Morris, a Tampa native and resident whose interest in gardening dates to a junior high home economics project. Morris property earned the club members nod as the best venue to make the plants shine. 的t痴 a perfect place for it, said club President Barbara Beauregard as she helped hand-mix the club痴 登wn soil. 展e were doing it from different people痴 yards, but Betty won; she had the best yard. Also, Morris has connections. 的 have friends who have horse stables, she said. Donations from those friends, hand-mixed with store-bought topsoil, create a concoction that helps the sale plants thrive. No fancy name here, Morris calls the not-so-secret ingredient 菟ony pooh.
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