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Plant sale and garden fair to be held in Orient

ORIENT – Mark your calendar for the annual plant sale and garden fair to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20. This fundraiser for Public Resource Technology Center, the public library in Orient, has a new expanded garden fair that you won’t want to miss. Vendors will be selling jewelry, honey, metal work, birdhouses, fudge, sweet breads, hand loomed rugs, lavender products and many more garden-related items. 

The plant sale is the centerpiece of the two day event. Local gardeners provide quality plants from their own gardens. A large variety of plants and bulbs (such as oriental lily, Siberian iris, ferns, ornamental grasses, daylillies, astilbe, periwinkle and trumpet lily) have been started to give buyers earlier blooms in their garden.

Everyone is welcome to the picnic lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with sloppy joes, side dishes and root beer floats.

The plant sale and garden fair hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with a garden fair all day and food sales. Sunday will be the plant sale only with hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All this takes place on the west side of Orient at 118 Jackson St. Parking is north of the garden fair, not on the street. Handicap drop off only will be in the driveway.

“There is something for everyone on Saturday. Perennials, food and shopping for handcrafted items. The plants are sold for great prices and are top quality for the Iowa climate,” said Sharon Mensing, library director. “Remember, Sunday is only the plant sale.”

For more information, call Mensing at 641-337-5061 ext. 124, Lois Frederick at 641-337-5532 or Donna Miller at 641-345-2821, or go to the library website at The library friends group is accepting one gallon or larger plastic flower pots. Just bring them to the plant sale. 

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