Our Community Plants

Local Nonprofit To Host Annual Meeting, Plant Sale

Posted: May 1, 2014

Daily News-Record

Our Community Place volunteer Erika Magnuson (left), a James Madison University senior, pots plants along Plant Sale Coordinator Melaine Copeland in preparation for the 11th annual sale to be held from 10 am.-2 p.m. May 3. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
The plant sale allows the community to support its members — many of the plants sold come from local gardens. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)

Mid-spring brings with it the influx of 5K season, a host of local commencement services and the annual plant sale at Our Community Place, among other staple activities.

The fundraiser has become as reliable as the muralized building at 17 E. Johnson St. itself. Now in its 11th year, the sale doesn’t bring in the most money for the nonprofit compared to its other events, but it’s an important fundraiser nonetheless, says organizer Melaine Copeland.

“It’s kind of a fun gardening spring celebration …  in addition to bringing in a little bit of cash,” said Copeland, who’s married to OCP founder Ron Copeland.

As in years past, the event slated for May 3 will have a festival feel, complete with refreshments and music.

“It’s a nice way to recycle surplus plants,” Melaine Copeland added.

More than 25 local community members and organizations donate all of the plants on sale.

“Mostly, it’s homeowners who are just looking to thin out the perennials or their raspberry patch has gone haywire or they planted too many seedlings,” she explained.

The plant sale, featuring herbs, berries, seedlings, houseplants, perennials, flowering shrubs and compost, will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The weekend is a busy one for OCP, as it will hold its annual community meeting the evening prior to the plant sale.

The event will take place at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. May 2.

A dinner is slated for 6-7 p.m., with a program to follow from 7-8 p.m. updating the public on OCP’s progress and presenting the new budget, according to the website.

For more information, call 442-7727 or visit ourcommunityplace.org.

Contact Candace Sipos at 574-6725 or csipos@dnronline.com.

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