Bud ‘n Bloom runs successful plant sale and raffle to benefit Literacy Volunteers

Even though cool breezes blew and cloudy skies were threatening, large numbers of area residents turned out for the recent Bud ‘n Bloom Garden Club plant sale and raffle held at the Deakin Barn in Portland.

This annual sale benefits the Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County.

In addition to the perennials, herbs, succulents and mixed pots that the club planted and cared for throughout the long winter under the supervision of Penny Deakin and labeled by Judy Kawski, annuals, vegetables and hanging baskets were also available.

The generous donations of beautiful plants by local garden shops and nurseries helped to sell all of the printed tickets. Martha Wiser, manager of the Literacy Book Store in Dunkirk and a Long-time Garden Club member announced the winners.

The White Dogwood Tree donated by Glenn Acres Nursery in Fredonia was awarded to Brenda Kawski of Fredonia. The Lavender Azalea Bush donated by Mike’s Nursery in Lakewood was won by M. Ruffino of Fredonia. A “Miss Kim” Lilac Bush, donated by M&R Greenhouses of Dunkirk was presented to Minda Rae Amiran of Fredonia. Turnbull’s Nursery of North Collins donated a Knock-Out Rose which was won by Cheryl Gawronski of Dunkirk.

Westfield Nursery in Westfield donated two Azalea Bushes. The White Azalea went to Susan Hertlein of Fredonia and the Rose-colored Azalea winner was Sue Harrell of Fredonia. The final prize was a Large Garden Gift Basket and that winner was Donna Hice of Dunkirk.

Both groups would like to express their appreciation to the volunteers who worked tirelessly and to the local businesses and loyal customers who made this venture a success.