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Brooksville Garden Club, Fall Plant Sale, Takes Arty Twist

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The beautiful, bountiful plants and florals of the Brooksville Garden Club will be up for sale at the Brooksville Garden Club Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Faith Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Ave. in Brooksville. Now, this year, some distinctly artistic accents will complement and showcase the lovely blossoms.

The plant sale will be presented as part of the Harvest Hoedown and Craft Fair. This gala event will feature a free family fun zone, craft vendors, game booths, food trucks, inflatables, a hay ride and more. And, true to the spirit of its parent event, the Brooksville Garden Club is planning to enhance many of its offered plants with some festive ornamentation.

“The large craft fair is put on by the church, and we have tables there. We are encouraging our members to make crafts for the fair,” said Kathy Schemmel, garden club president. “We are going to have a rock painting workshop for members on November 15th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Brooksville. Our members are painting rocks that we will add to our plants for sale. And some members are planning to present their plants in ribbons and bows to decorate the plants for Christmas.”

Painted rocks, a fixture in many modern gardens, serve to surround and accentuate the aura of a plant. “Our painted rocks come complete with positive, affirming words written across the top,” she said. “We paint them up as art. Yard art is an art and a craft.”

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Schemmel hopes the blooms sold at the Brooksville Garden Club Plant Sale will make ideal holiday gift items. Yet, the core mission of this sale remains the same. “This is a big show, one of our two major fund-raisers of the year. As usual, our plant sales help to fund the causes that our club supports. 100 Acre Wood Rehabilitation in Brooksville, PHSC Scholarships, and Wekiva Youth Camp,” said Schemmel. “We want to do as much as we can.”

As always, the club will provide many plants to suit any garden or household. “We will sell many smaller indoor plants to keep on tables,” said Schemmel. “We’ll have plants like the devil’s backbone, air plants, mint, palm, so many.”

In addition to their top-quality plants, members are always pleased to answer questions about gardening and landscaping and invite the community to utilize their knowledge.

“Visitors are encouraged to bring their questions,” said Schemmel. “We have one master gardener in the club, and everyone is happy to help.”

Also, in the realm of holiday art, the club recently made ornaments for the tree they plan to donate to the Brooksville Main Street Festival of Trees. The tree will be auctioned off to a lucky person for Main Street’s fundraising purposes.

Schemmel says that the fall plant sale is happening, which helps to ‘grow’ much goodwill between the garden club and the people of Hernando County. “People are always happy to see us,” she said.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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