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Celebrate spring at gardening festival, plant sale in Denver

The East Lincoln Community Garden Club will hold its annual Gardening Festival & Plant Sale on April 25.
The East Lincoln Community Garden Club will hold its annual Gardening Festival & Plant Sale on April 25. COURTESY OF BECCY HOWELL

In spring, a young man’s fancy may turn to thoughts of love, but for many, thoughts may turn to our love of gardening.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, the East Lincoln Community Garden Club will hold its annual Gardening Festival & Plant Sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church on Webbs Chapel Road, in Denver.

Festival chairmen Joe Kutniewski, of Iron Station, and Stanley resident Beccy Howell promise attendees that Saturday will have opportunities to learn about the proper care and tending of their gardens, while meeting with other local gardeners and gardening experts.

A dozen master gardeners from the club, which has 50 members, will be on hand to discuss gardening concerns and answer questions. Information about what to plant, as well as what not to plant, will be shared, says Kutniewski.

“Some plants may be invasive and will kill all of your other plants or take over your landscape,” he explained. “Just think of kudzu, for example.”

“We try to sell plants that are of the highest quality, including flowers, vegetables and herbs, as well as tropical plants and a variety of perennials and trees,” said Howell. “Festival attendees will be able to purchase plants that they would not otherwise be able to find.”

Another goal of the festival, according to club president Denita Samples, is to “raise awareness of the availability of local resources for gardeners in this area.” To that end, representatives from a number of area landscaping and gardening vendors will be on hand to showcase their wares and share their expertise.

Boulder Creek Landscape Design of Sherrills Ford will feature an outdoor kitchen display; Eaker’s Nursery of Cherryville will feature and discuss issues pertaining to ornamental shrubs, flowering trees and perennials.

Members of the East Lincoln Garden Club will have hanging baskets, magnolia bushes and native plants for sale; and Mike’s Growers Outlet, on N.C. 16 in Stanley, will feature perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs.

In a different vein, Jerry Ostrander, of Jerry’s Woodturnings, will be showing and selling his wood creations, including bowls and pepper mills.

Exhibitors tables will be in abundance, with representatives offering gardening advice, community resources and information about area landscapers. Food will be prepared and sold by the Webbs Chapel men’s group.

Experts will speak on a variety of subjects. From 9:45-10:30 a.m., Jo Ann Ostrander will discuss roses and rose diseases. Club member Peggy Wesp will talk about invasive plants 10:30-11:15 a.m., and Jane Srail, a member of the Native Plant Society, will discuss native plants 11:15 to a.m.-noon.

The Westport Garden Club will be represented with a table; other representatives will be available to speak about the Carolina Thread Trail and the Shanklin Library garden; Jo Clark will talk about the Sally’s Y Community Gardens.

Proceeds from the festival will be used by the club for a variety of community causes, including donations to Sally’s Y for raised flower beds, purchase of plants for St. James Elementary School to be installed by parents and students, and assistance with the maintenance of the flower beds at Webbs Chapel UMC.

Bruce Dunbridge is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Bruce? Contact him at brucedunbridge@yahoo.com.

Want to go?

For information, or to inquire about participating in the festival, call Joe Kutniewski at 704-732-4782, or Beccy Howell at 704-820-9475.