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Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Emma Scott Garden Club President Linda Shomo makes some adjustments to one of the 40-year-old cacti that were sold Saturday at the club’s annual plant, bake and shop sale at the center of Randolph County Community Arts in Elkins.


ELKINS – Officials saw a “great turnout” for the Eighth Annual Plant, Bake and Shop Sale hosted by the Emma Scott Garden Club Saturday at the Randolph County Community Arts Center.

The event, which is one of the organization’s top fundraisers of the year, offered annuals, perennials and houseplants to the public. Unique handmade items and a range of baked goods were also available.

“We had great attendance at the sale and overall it was just a great day,” ESGC President Linda Shomo told The Inter-Mountain. “We did very well and we had very little left at the end of the day. All plants sold, plus most weird items and almost all baked goods. »

Two 40-year-old cacti were offered for sale at the event by Richard and Nellie Doerr of Elkins, who had bred the cacti since they were 4 inches tall.

“The cacti have become like a sales highlight,” Shomo said. “We’ve had people come in just to take a look. It was really exciting.

The Garden Club ended up selling 20 cactus clippings, and the plants were eventually sold to a couple who recently moved to the area from upstate Michigan.

“We were happy to be able to help an elderly couple in the community by selling the cactus,” Shomo said. “I didn’t care if we got a dime out of it, I was just happy to help out a few elderly residents who have been in this community forever.”

Shomo said Richard and Nellie Doerr, who donated the cactus, were delighted to see the plant find a new home. Kyle and Nicole Mantle not only purchased the cactus, but also signed up to join the ESGC during the event.

“The Doerrs couldn’t bear to keep them any longer and the plants were kind of blocking the sliding doors of their house at this point,” Shomo said. “We’ve put them in a great home and the young couple who bought them love plants so I know they’ll be well taken care of.”

Garden Club members will visit Midland Primary School today to learn about a gardening project they helped start.

“We started a garden in Midland and it received an award every year,” Shomo said. “We now have a Waystation butterfly garden there and we will be setting up and hanging bird feeders and mulching the garden.”

The next scheduled event for the ESGC is June 11, when the club hosts a Rose Luncheon at Davis & Elkins College. All participants will be asked to wear a hat and bring a rose which everyone will talk about and explain where it comes from.

Officials said the ESGC will soon be heading out into the community to hand out awards for its annual construction sites of the month.



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