Barefoot Gardeners to hold annual sale this weekend


Coastal Point • File Photo: The Fenwick Island-based Barefoot Gardeners Club will be holding its annual plant sale this Saturday, to raise money for the club’s community outreach    projects.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Fenwick Island-based Barefoot Gardeners Club will be holding its annual plant sale this Saturday, to raise money for the club’s community outreach projects.The Fenwick Island-based Barefoot Gardeners Club will be holding its annual plant sale this Saturday, to raise money for the club’s community outreach projects.

“We offer planters, planted containers, flowers, herbs, some vegetables, and succulents,” said Susan Caldwell, one of the club’s founders and its current president. “There will be people there from the club that can help buyers with what they may want to plant, to help them organize their container or help them put together a good combination of plants.”

The plant sale will be held Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, in Fenwick Island, at the home of Vivian Jennings.

“We’re thankful for her making her property available for the sale,” said Caldwell. “She maintains her yard beautifully.”

Caldwell said the plants come from Paul Woods, a grower out of Parsonville, Md.

“He also goes to the farmers’ markets in the area.”

The club is celebrating its 11th year, and it has held its plant sale for nine years.

Caldwell said the club currently has approximately 55 members. The club’s next meeting will be May 11, at which Carol McCloud will take over as president. Anyone interested in joining the club may simply contact a member to get more information, or attend the plant sale and inquire there.

The money raised from the sale will help the club do various projects, including funding its scholarship program.

“We have a scholarship program where we help a local student who’s going into agriculture or horticulture.”

Caldwell said the club has been involved with the landscaping at Justin’s Beach House’s since its inception and is still involved there. They also maintain the grounds at the Fenwick Island Lighthouse.

“We also have a story hour for children in the summer at the park at town hall in Fenwick and maintain the butterfly garden there,” she said. “It’s very popular with the children.”

The group also devotes a lot of time to beautifying the town of Fenwick Island.

“We planted all the daffodils in the center island of town — thousands of bulbs. This year, in addition to that, we’ve planted red tulips in the Town pots that are getting ready to bloom. After they bloom, we will change them to summer flowers.”

Recently, the club donated $2,000 to Indian River High School to help beautify its entrance.

“Donating money to the agriculture department at Indian River High School to help with plantings at the entrance that goes back to where the athletic fields are and the parking lot — I think that’s a pretty good thing,” she said. “We do a lot of things locally.”

The plant sale is one of the biggest fundraisers for the club, but they also host a harvest party in the fall.

“We raise a lot of money in our silent auction,” she said of that event.

Coldwell said the outreach work the Barefoot Gardeners is able to do through such funding does great things for the local community.

“These programs are important because we want to educate and help beautify the community.”

The sale will be held at the corner of Coastal Highway and James Street, bayside, in Fenwick Island, across from The Pottery Place.