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Clearwater Garden Club sells plants virtually to raise money

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Clearwater Garden Club celebrated its 70th anniversary this year, but if this nonprofit is going to continue to grow, they’re going to need some help.

This week, the club received over 400 donated plants for their first virtual plant sale fundraiser.

For the past week, Howard Warshauer has been busy uploading pictures of the plants.

“It’s difficult getting all these plants to be seen online, its not an easy task but we accomplished it,” said Warshauer, president of the Clearwater Garden Club.

He said the pandemic has caused the cancellation of most of their programs, yet they still have bills to pay, so they are hoping the plant sale helps their cause.

“Get on the computer and every plant that we have here is listed, how many we have, and what the cost is, and we order it right online and you just come pick it up,” said Warshauer.

Every sprout comes directly from the gardens, balconies and porches of people in the community.

“Its been wonderful seeing people come with a carload full of plants and dropping them off,” said Warshauer.

Paul Keleti donated several plants and then went ahead and bought several more to take home.

“When you get here you see something after you drop something off and you say, ‘hey I think that would look good in my garden,’” said Keleti.

Keleti, who is also a member of the club, said the Clearwater Garden Club has really helped his overall growth in the community and he wants to do his part to keep the club blossoming.

“I learned a lot about Florida gardening, I came from up north about six years ago, so this gives me an idea about what plants do well down here,” said Keleti.

The plant sale runs until Friday at midnight. If you don’t have a green thumb, this might be the perfect time to grab a flower pot, according to Warshauer.

“Around the country, gardening has become very big because of everybody being home, it gives them a chance for self-expression,” said Warshauer.

To shop for a plant go to, www.clearwatergardenclub.com

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