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The Blue Ridge Garden Club held a potting party last week. This, however, wasn’t something Sheriff Brown was worried about. It was perfectly legal.
The club decided to celebrate its 80th anniversary with a new approach to the annual spring fundraiser. Part of this is to sell container gardens. The potting party was a gathering of club members to create these gardens. They come in various sizes, each in a ceramic container, and the club’s master gardener members helped design them. No two are alike.
The plants were planted in a potting mix containing a blend of peat moss, pearlite, pine mulch and aqua guard, a material that Karen Craig, one of the club’s master gardeners, said helps retain moisture. This is good for container gardens because it helps keep them from drying out. Craig said that, when shopping for a potting mix for your own use, look for a product that gives a breakdown of the mix’s content on the bag.
This year’s fundraiser is called “A Garden A-Faire” and will be held in Main Street United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall next week. Club members will spend the preceding day converting the fellowship hall into an indoor showcase of an outdoor garden.
A Garden A-Faire will be held on April 24 from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and items for sale include, along with the container gardens, hanging basket plants and limited edition pottery designed specifically for the club by Emerson Creek Pottery. The designs feature the columbine, the club’s official flower. There will also be a silent auction which will include a P. Buckley Moss print.
As usual, the club’s fundraiser will feature lunch which you can order to-go, or eat in the indoor/outdoor garden. The lunch consists of the club’s traditional menu of chicken salad, a ham biscuit, potato salad, deviled eggs, vegetable medley, a homemade dessert and a beverage. The cost is $7 and take-out lunches must be ordered by Wednesday, April 22 by calling 586-4825. Tickets for A Garden A-Faire may be purchased at the door.
The church is located at 212 East Main Street in Bedford, directly across from the Municipal Building and has ample parking in its lot behind the church and directly adjoining the fellowship hall.
Funds raised by these sales support club projects which include numerous tree and flower related beautification projects around the city. The flower beds that they’ve created and maintain include the National Guard Armory, the Bedford Post Office and the main entrance to the Welcome Center. They’ve also planted trees in various locations, some of them honoring individuals.