Ladies of the All Saints', Drayton Valley ACW welcomed their church and community to a Strawberry Tea and Perennial Plant Sale on Saturday, May 28. The well-attended event had been extensively advertised on various Facebook groups in Drayton Valley and by peppering the town with posters. In all, about $500 has been raised to date from admission to the tea, the sale of plants and donations.
"If we have enough help to do the Strawberry Tea and Perennial Plant Sale, we will do it again, probably on the last Saturday of May,” says Miriam Roberts, All Saints’, Drayton Valley ACW President. “We thank the ACW and other members of the congregation who helped make it successful. The ladies serving the tea enjoyed being with visitors to the church who in turn enjoyed the fellowship.”
Knowledgeable plant-sellers provided planting advice and pictures of the plants in bloom. Customers indicated they were happy with the prices compared with prices from the stores, says Roberts. “We also emphasized that the plants being sold were acclimatized to the soil in our gardens."
There were no expenses incurred for the plant sale, as the plants were all from the gardens of church members who reused pots and planter boxes. Many hours of love and care went into making the event possible, which began with sourcing cake for the tea, dividing perennials from church member’s gardens, setting up the church with linen tablecloths, displaying the plants in an aesthetically pleasing manner in the front foyer, and overseeing the sale on Saturday.
Roberts adds that the key to a positive experience was providing notice well in advance of the event.
Submitted by the Rev. Christopher Cook, rector