January 28, 2021

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Garden club to sell holiday plants and decorations

The Poway Valley Garden Club is holding a plant sale on Dec. 5 and 12 at the Poway Farmers Market at Old Poway Park on Midland Road.

The sales will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day near the train depot.

“It’s a great spot,” said Ann Dahnke of the PVGC. “It’s a big open spot.”

Club member Jeanie Espy works on a plant design.

Club member Jeanie Espy works on a plant design.

(Carolyn Larsen)

Dahnke said the club sold its plants there on the Fourth of July and had great success.

While the club usually sells plants during the City of Poway’s Christmas in the Park celebration, COVID-19 restrictions and changes to the event this year meant the club had to find alternate arrangements, Dahnke said.

The club was also forced to cancel its big plant sale and flower show in April due to the pandemic.

“People said they missed it,” Dahnke said.

Some of the plant designs that will be for sale on Dec. 5 and 12.

Some of the plant designs that will be for sale on Dec. 5 and 12.

(Carolyn Larsen)

The club has been holding planting parties at Dahnke’s house to get ready for its December sales. All plants and containers are donations from the club members, with only the soil purchased, Dahnke said.

The plants for sale on Dec. 5 and 12 will be succulents in unique containers decorated for the holidays, including little tchotchkes and bows, Dahnke said. The plants are perfect for gifts, but also for decorating one’s own home, she added.

Dahnke said the club is also making Christmas wreaths with succulents and driftwood, as well as air plants on driftwood or iron, whatever is donated by club members.

“Those sell like hotcakes,” Dahnke said. “They’re really pretty.”

Dahnke said the club has a lot of creative members who enjoy getting together and selling their creations.

“We sell a lot of plants in April, which are all grown and donated by our members,” Dahnke said. “It shows we’re real gardeners. This sale is a lot of gift items.”

Dahnke said all funds raised by the club’s upcoming sales will go back into supporting its many community projects. These include supporting several school gardens and community gardens around Poway, including several at Old Poway Park and Lake Poway. The club also does a lot of educational outreach and community beautification.

For more information on the Poway Valley Garden Club and its projects, visit powayvalleygardenclub.org.

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