With the return of the sun and warmer weather, a number of community events also returned, just in time for Mother’s Day.
At the Bond Head Community Hall, members of the Bond Head-Bradford Garden Club brought perennials culled from their gardens, houseplants, flowering pansy baskets and home baking for the club’s annual Mother’s Day Plant and Bake Sale.
This year’s organizers, co-presidents Giselle Gutsche and Mikki Nanowski, were hoping that the sale would attract not only long-time residents but newcomers and young families, to “grow” an interest in gardening.
“I’m thinking about the legacy of the club,” said Nanowski, as members arranged plants on the long tables outside the hall. “Plants are interesting in themselves!”
And as the club noted, “You always have room for plants and sweets!”
Up the road in Innisfil, in the village of Churchill, members of the Churchill United Church hosted a Bake Sale, Tea Room and White Elephant Sale – a return to in-person fundraising after months of COVID closures.
Pies, loaves, cookies, squares and smiling faces greeted shoppers, who came from as far away as Toronto to stock up on home-made treats.
Upcoming plant sales:
The Innisfil Garden Club hosts the Lucy Valente Memorial Spring Flower Show and Tea on Saturday, May 14 at the Churchill Community Centre, in Churchill, Innisfil. Members will bring in their entries from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for judging; show and tea room will be open to the public from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tea and a Light Lunch only $7 per person.
Bradford United Church hosts its annual Perennials Plus Plant Sale, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21 at the church, 66 Barrie Street - this year, in the parking lot at the rear of the church – with peonies, iris, lilies, hostas, various ground covers, and annuals that include tomato and pepper plants. Bargains for the garden!
Bond Head Bradford Garden Club holds a Plant Sale on Thursday, May 26 at the Danube Seniors Leisure Centre, 715 Simcoe Road in Bradford at 7 p.m. ‘Plants, Stems and Hidden Gems’ is a Plant, Jewellery and Treasure sale that replaces the annual Plant Auction. Come out and have fun, and join the Garden Club!
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, located in the hamlet of St. Paul’s in Innisfil-Barrie, is hosting an in-person Plant and Upscale Garage Sale in its parking lot, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 28. All welcome. Rain or Shine.