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One person plus two green thumbs equals thousands of beautiful plants

Ruth came on board volunteering for the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center’s plant sale a couple of years ago. I am certain that both of her thumbs are green! She has been a great addition because she has prior experience starting seeds, transplanting seedlings and overall greenhouse expertise. This year, Ruth has started, baby-sat and fertilize fed all of our seedlings. When there was something wrong with the soil, she researched until she found out how to fix it. Did I mention that it is great to have Ruth as a volunteer for our plant sale?

The plants reflect the tender care that they have received as they look beautiful! There will be many varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, rhubarb, strawberries in hanging baskets, fruit trees, perennials, flowers, hostas and more! The center’s plant sale has developed a reputation for having great plants, many varieties, and reasonable prices. This year will hold true to the reputation.

There are more than 40 volunteers on our plant sale crew. Ages of the volunteers range from 8 to 80! We have had the Forestview Builder’s Club plant flower bulbs for us this year. Breath of Life clients, group home boys and the center’s volunteers all work side by side earning their own green thumbs!

Our plant sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 10; from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 11 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12. We are trying to accommodate those who would like to stop and shop early before going to work. Rudy Hillig and the Master Gardeners will be here to answer your plant questions. You will find us at the corners of Eighth and Kingwood Streets, Brainerd. Just watch for the canopies set up alongside of our building; you will be at the right spot! DEANN BARRY is the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center director.