Flower sale brings blossoms back early

Paul Capoccia, Community Editor

Springtime is arriving sooner than expected.

The Marywood Seed Library and Community Garden hosted a community spring flower sale to help bring the season of spring. The Greenhouse Project, a non-profit charitable organization located at the McNulty Greenhouse Nay Aug Park that strives to grow a sustainable community through education, food, and healthy living, supplied the plants.

Those who purchased flowers had the choice of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and lillies, all arriving in random color foil-wrapped pots. All flowers were $10.00 each.

Both The Marywood Seed Library and the Marywood Community Garden are working to promote better health through gardening and to provide better methods to garden.

The Marywood Seed Library provides access to free seeds to support gardeners and seed savers through the process of growing, harvesting, and seed saving, according to its WordPress page. Meanwhile, administrators of The Marywood Community Garden invites garden growers to post on their Facebook page in order to share valuable gardening information.

Amanda Avery, outreach & assessment librarian at Marywood’s library, explained how the library’s work as liaison for this sale is a great fit.

“The Seed Library is a fledgling project of the library and though it loans seeds versus books, we think it is very relevant to the types of services libraries need to incorporate into the future,” said Avery.

“Since we have the Seed Library, we are also happy to use it to promote The Greenhouse Project to the Marywood Community as well, since its mission and Marywood’s mission have many things in common including health, environmental stewardship, and community empowerment,” she added about The Greenhouse Project providing the flowers.

Jane Risse, executive director & greenhouse manager, said she is glad these sales are able to offer beautiful flowers and provide much needed funding for their programs.

“The proceeds support our upcoming programs like ‘Yoga in the Greenhouse,’ guided and interpretive nature walks in Wednesday evening, education programs with schools and groups, and nutrition and gardening education,” said Risse.

Information regarding the groups involved in this sale can be found at marywoodseedlibrary.wordpress.com, The Marywood Community Garden Facebook page, and at scrantongreenhouse.org. All flowers will be delivered for community pick-up on March 26.

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