The Longvue Acres Garden Club hosts the 72nd Annual Spring Plant Sale

Longvue Acres Garden Club hosts its 72nd Annual Spring Perennial Sale with more than 500 plants grown by members and donated for sale.

The cash-only plant sale will be held May 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. rain or shine in the upper parking lot of the Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Highway in McCandless.

Several club members are Pennsylvania State University master gardeners and will be available to answer gardening questions and help with plant selection.

Money from sales funds monthly public education programs and supports the maintenance of the chapel garden at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

Proceeds will also be used to support the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Botanic Gardens of Western Pennsylvania, the North Area Environmental Council, and community gardens at McCandless and Ross.

For more information about plant sales or Longvue Acres Garden Club, email: [email protected]

Longvue Acres Garden Club was formed in the autumn of 1950 when construction of Longvue Acres Plan 3 on Peebles Road in McCandless brought many new homes to the booming area.

But the new housing plan lacked greenery, Claudia Hickly, director of the garden club, told the Tribune-Review as the organization celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2015.

To beautify the neighborhood, women from Hazlett Road, Bingay Drive, and Balmoral Drive organized the Garden Club.

They held front yard pageants to encourage residents to beautify their lots and awarded money to homeowners who planted the most attractive landscape.

Hickly said the group even created a jingle: “Lend a hand, do your share, let’s have beauty everywhere.”

Tony LaRussa is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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