Saturday’s cool, wet weather did not seem to dampen crowds or enthusiasm at Pendleton King Park’s annual Plant Swap and Sale.
“Look at us. We’re out here. It’s cold, raining, and people have still shown up,” said Kathee Cammisa, who brought several varieties to sell and share, including thornless blackberry plants. She set up a table near friends Bill Quinn and Christine O’Meara.
“They’ve had a good turnout today considering the weather,” O’Meara said.
The weather did not deter Martinez resident Marilyn Ruff, who had not attended the sale for several years.
“I like to do landscaping,” she said.
She arrived around noon unsure of exactly what she was looking for, but said she’d know when she saw it.
Marie Richardson has been driving to the sale from Stapleton, Ga. for the past five years. It took six trips to her car Saturday to load up all of her purchases.
“I have to save some money for gas,” she said.
As much as the plants she gets for reasonable prices, the advice she gets from master gardeners keeps her coming back.
“I’m hampered in that my whole yard is shade. They found me some plants that I need for shade,” she said.
She picked up some hellebores, which thrives in shade, and a lysimachia she found at half price, which also grows well in the shade.
“I love flowers, and this is the place to come if you like flowers that you won’t find at a big box store,” she said.
The plant swap and sale is in its 16th year. Sellers donate 10 percent of their sales to the Pendleton King Park Foundation, which uses the money to fund improvement projects around the park.