Wareham Garden Club hosts annual plant and bake sale

By Matthew Bernat | May 19, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Wareham Garden Club member Barbara Smith helps clean up near the end of the club's plant and bake sale. Nearly 500 people attended.

A spring tradition continued on May 19 as gardeners stocked up on perennials, annuals and a variety of baked goods at the Wareham Garden Club’s annual plant and bake sale.

An estimated 500 people attended the show, which was held in the morning and early afternoon.

“Despite the forecast for rain, Mother Nature held out and we had a brisk day,” said club Vice President Peter LaBouliere. “We never had an onslaught, but there was a steady flow of people throughout the day.”

Visitors sampled dishes made with homegrown herbs, received gardening tips and purchased nearly all of the food made by members for the sale.

“We have one jar of hot fudge left,” said LaBouliere.

A handful of vendors had tables set up at the sale, including artist Heidi Blake of Wareham. Blake attended the plant sale for the first time last year. Since then, she has joined the club as a member, providing workshops on creating art from sea glass, driftwood and other found objects. Blake provides presentations and workshops on sea glass up and down the East Coast.

“Items people walk by without noticing, I see them,” she said. “I take trash and turn it into treasure.”

On display at the show were Blake's pieces that included a seahorse crafted from pieces of driftwood and a sea glass creation with shards of pottery from the 1600s.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the club’s annual scholarships. Funds also support the club’s beautification efforts throughout town. Members plant and maintain flowers on Main Street, at the lighthouses on Route 28 near the police station and other areas in town.

Wareham Garden Club member Dianne Murphy said the sale is something that brings members together every year.

“We worked really hard, but it’s a lot of fun,” she said. “There’s so much camaraderie and not only are we all members, but we’re also the greatest of friends.”

Artist Heidi Blake created this piece from driftwood. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Visitors inside the Methodist Meeting House during the Wareham Garden Club's annual plant sale. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Heidi Blake with a piece titled "Garden Club" that includes shards of pottery from the 1600s. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
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