(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News Group)
                                The Coupeville Garden club has been preparing for months for this year’s sale. From left to right: Elaine Meaker, club president Susan Myers and past president Marie Magee.

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News Group) The Coupeville Garden club has been preparing for months for this year’s sale. From left to right: Elaine Meaker, club president Susan Myers and past president Marie Magee.

Garden Club’s 51st annual sale Saturday

Greenery, gardens and geraniums galore.

The Coupeville Garden Club is holding its 51st annual plant sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Coupeville Rec Hall.

“Profits all go back to the community,” club member Nora “Chipper” Cromley said. The club, which has over 40 members, has been preparing for the plant sale for months.

The club has been growing plants in two greenhouses and at an outdoor garden located at Coupeville High School.

“We have fun growing plants all year,” club member Sue Kelsey said.

Proceeds will go toward maintaining five community landscape projects: the ones located at Cook’s Corner Park, Captain Coupe Park’s entry, the Coupeville Rec Hall landscaping, the town’s “Welcome” sign along State Highway 20 and the spring and summer flower barrels throughout town.

The first plant sale was held in 1968 and half of the profit was used to purchase trees and shrubs to landscape the new Coupeville Fire Hall Station on North Main Street, according to the club’s press release.

This year, the club has grown over 700 tomato plants from seed including three cherry tomato varieties: Black Cherry, Sun Sugar and Sweet Million. Tomato plants and geraniums are the most popular items at the annual sale.

Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted at the plant sale.

The plant sale this year will feature an increased number of popular annuals for containers as well as perennials including peonies, bleeding hearts, ferns and decorative grasses. There are over 300 geranium plants including ivy geraniums, fancy leaf, calliope, and zonal from which to choose.

A complete list of annuals and perennials, plus additional information may be found on the garden club website, www.coupevillegardenclub.org or on Facebook at Coupeville Garden Club.

There will be raffle prizes and homemade treats, coffee and tea available. Prizes include a gift basket from Lavender Wind, a two-night stay at Anchorage Inn Bed & Breakfast, a gift card to Rain Shadow Nursery and more.

The garden club meets the first Thursday of the month except for June, July and August.

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News Group)
                                Tomatoes are one of the most popular plants at the sale.

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News Group) Tomatoes are one of the most popular plants at the sale.

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News Group)
                                Marie Magee trims flowers, called “deadheading,” in order to <strong>spur</strong> new growth. Virginia Brown looks on.

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News Group) Marie Magee trims flowers, called “deadheading,” in order to spur new growth. Virginia Brown looks on.

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News Group)
                                Carmen McFadyen, Linda Youngs and Susan Myers tie tall sticks to tomatoes to ensure the plants are not damaged in transport to the Coupeville Rec Hall.

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News Group) Carmen McFadyen, Linda Youngs and Susan Myers tie tall sticks to tomatoes to ensure the plants are not damaged in transport to the Coupeville Rec Hall.

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