For avid gardeners in the Milwaukie area, the best time of the year might be the days around Mother's Day when plant sales abound. This year, five organizations will hold events at various times on May 10, 11 and 12. Also, the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association will hold a plant sale Sunday, May 19. See sidebar for times and locations of all the plant sales.
The Milwaukie Garden Club will host a plant sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Milwaukie Museum. A book sale will take place at the same time, with Milwaukie history books and some cookbooks available from the Milwaukie Historical Society collection.
Linda Carr, a master gardener and president of the garden club, noted that plants for sale will include annuals, perennials, shrubs, a few native plants and a few small trees.
A Master Gardener booth will be set up at the sale to answer questions.
Carr said she is most looking forward to the community involvement with the historical society and plant lovers.
"Also, we have arranged to have an Eagle Scout working with his troop to upgrade the planting areas around the trolley at the museum," she said.
Sheryl Wampler, club treasurer, said she enjoys seeing people excited and interested in growing things.
"We have very reasonable prices and offer a good variety. There will be something for every spot in a garden and even people who think they have a brown thumb can find a plant that will survive for them," she said.
"The proceeds from the plant sale provide the Milwaukie Garden Club the funds to support the dozen community organizations and partners that make Milwaukie such a great place to live," said club member Mary Davis.
The Milwaukie Garden Club members support multiple activities in and around Milwaukie and Clackamas County, as well as nationally, including the Blue Star Memorial at Milwaukie Waterfront Park, which was installed by the club, Carr said.
"And we support the installation of other Blue Star memorials throughout the state," she added.
Additional organizations that the Milwaukie Garden Club supports are: Friends of the Ledding Library; the Milwaukie Historical Society; the Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery; Penny's for Pines, a program through the National Garden Clubs for reforestation in the national forests; the Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center; the Sarah Hite Rose Garden at North Clackamas Park; and The Gardens of Enchantment at Hull Park and Retreat Center, for the blind and low vision, in Sandy.
Also, last year the club established a scholarship for a Milwaukie High School student.
"Our work at the Hull Foundation involves the care and planting of a section of The Gardens of Enchantment, a sensory garden for the blind. Several clubs in the Clackamas district participate in this work, and we each have an area to maintain," Carr said.
The Milwaukie Garden Club was founded in 1938 and became a part of the National Federation of Garden Clubs in 1939.
"We meet monthly, September through June. We presently have 22 members and always enjoy bringing in new people to the club. Several of our members have been with the club for over 20 years," Carr said.
The club has two to three field trips per year to gardens throughout the Willamette Valley and surrounding areas, a holiday party in December and a strawberry picnic in June.
All are welcome to attend the next meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the Milwaukie Covenant Church, 12201 S.E. Linwood; it will feature a speaker from the Backyard Bird Shop.
Friends of Ledding Library
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday,
Where: Milwaukie Floral, 3306 S.E.
Offerings: Trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, gardening books and gifts
Proceeds: Funds raised will support the library as it makes the transition to the new building to better serve the community.
Gladstone Library Foundation
When: Noon-7 p.m. Friday, May 10, and
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11
Where: Parking area between Happyrock Coffee Roasting Co., 465 Portland Ave., and the library
Proceeds: Funds will be used to purchase furnishings for the new library. Please bring your 2-inch pots to be recycled and reused to the plant sale.
Milwaukie Garden Club
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11
Where: Milwaukie Museum, 3737 S.E. Adams St. The museum will be open and will have a sale of duplicates and current offerings from its book collection.
Offerings: Annuals, perennials, Master Gardener booth and raffle
Proceeds: Donations will go to local charities and to maintain beds at Oral Hull Park for the Blind, Sarah Hite Rose Garden, Clackamas Park and Milwaukie Museum.
NW Housing Alternatives
When: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 11
Where: Millennium Plaza Park, First Avenue and Evergreen Street, Lake Oswego
Offerings: Annuals and hanging baskets
Proceeds: All of the net proceeds will support the reconstruction of Milwaukie's Annie Ross House, the only emergency family homeless shelter in Clackamas County.
Oak Grove Garden Club
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11
Where: Risley Landing Gardens, 16195 S.E. River Forest Place, off River Road and Oak Shore Lane, Oak Grove
Offerings: Hundreds of locally adapted plants for local gardens, refreshments and a children's activity tent
Proceeds: Funds will support the club and finance scholarships to Clackamas Community College horticulture students.
After Mother's Day weekend
Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 19
Where: 3012 S.E. Balfour St., Milwaukie
Offerings: Natives, grasses, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs and veggie starts
Proceeds: Funds raised will be used to revitalize Balfour Park.
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