Monday, June 9, 2014

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Pulchritudinous Plants

Gwynne Vaughan plant sale draws hundreds of buyers

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One of the vendors at the Gwynne Vaughan Park plant sale on Saturday.


strawberry tea. Jazz music by Otto Bjornsen. It was all very casual at the Gwynne Vaughan Plant Sale on Saturday.


Hundreds of green thumbs showed up at the annual plant sale fundraiser and they weren't disappointed. People looking to spruce up the yard had plants of every size, shape and variety imaginable to choose from.


Gwynne Vaughan Society President, Anne McIntyre, was working at the society's tent selling bedding plants.


"It's going very well, we're having such a lovely day," she said. "We get these bedding plants from Sardis Senior Secondary, and all these perennials we grow in our own gardens. The rest of them are from growers all around the Valley."


According to McIntyre, there were over 25 nurseries, crafts people and community booths set up throughout the park.


"We get a cut from them and we also charge them a fair amount for their booth," said McIntyre. "The better they do, the better we do."


McIntyre wasn't sure how many people showed up for the sale because they were coming from all directions making it difficult to estimate.


"There are about 8 places that people can come into the park we have no idea how many people are here," she said. "But it seems very crowded so I'm sure it's as good as usual."


Volunteers are out all year round, like with the Holly Sale in the Winter.


The park has an organic community garden with about 20 highly-sought-after plots that come available now and then. To find out more about how to become involved in the community garden call 604-795-7566.


The 7-acre City-owned park with a heritage home was willed to Chilliwack in 1991 and is administered by a board of directors.


A pavilion is located within the park and is available to book for weddings or picnics. Two years ago, an arbor-style gateway was added to the Hope River Rd. side of the park.


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