Mimosa Garden Club President Myra Potteiger, center, and club member Bonnie Standard, right, help a customer at the Spring Fling and Community Plant Sale on Saturday at Jackson Presbyterian Church. (Staff Photo: Beverly Harvey)
Spring Fling and Plant Sale
Jackson Presbyterian Church’s Spring Fling and Community Plant Sale was held Saturday, April 12, on the church lawn.
Wynsol “Wink” Smith sees art in pieces of scrap metal, transforming golf clubs into birds and horseshoes into cats.
“I pick up scrap metal (and) see what I can come up with,” said Smith, who likes to go to yard sales to buy old golf clubs that he then makes into storks and other birds.
The Jackson resident and his wife, Maynette Smith, were among the vendors selling their springtime wares at Jackson Presbyterian Church’s Spring Fling and Community Plant Sale held on the church lawn April 12.
Most of the pieces of yard art sold by the Smiths were one-of-a-kind creations. Less than an hour after the event started, the couple said they had already sold a number of items.
Many of the vendors at the spring event sold plants — flowers and vegetables.
Myra Potteiger and Bonnie Standard manned the Mimosa Garden Club table at the event. The pair sold potted flowers, including zinnias, black-eyed Susans and verbenas, and provided information about how to take care of the plants.
The plants were sold in recycled cans collected and painted by Mimosa Garden Club members, Potteiger said. Proceeds from the sales at the event will go toward beautification of the community, she said.
The Mimosa Garden Club maintains several flowerbeds and planters in the community, including at the First Baptist Church of Jackson, Covington Elder Care Home and the Jackson-Butts County Public Library, Potteiger said.
“We sell our plants to make money to go back to the community. We’re raising money today to, hopefully, get those planters done,” said Potteiger, referring to two planters located at the entrance of the library.
The club also sold wooden benches, stands and hat racks made by Tony Standard. Part of the proceeds from the sale of those items will go toward the Honduras Mission Team at First Baptist Church of Jackson, Potteiger said.
Less than an hour after the Spring Fling and Community Plant Sale began the Jackson High School FFA had already sold out of Rutgers tomatoes, 10th-grader Gee O’Neal said.
O’Neal and other FFA members joined club advisor and JHS agriculture teacher Gordon Taff at the event to sell a variety of tomatoes, as well as squash and marigolds. The funds from their sales will go back into the FFA program, Taff said.
Tomatoes were also sold by Vicky Washburn of Circle W Plants & Produce in Forsyth. Washburn said she has participated in the spring event for several years and has always been pleased with her number of sales each time. This year, she was selling heirloom and hybrid varieties of tomatoes.
The Spring Fling and Community Plant Sale also included vendors selling honey, handmade soap, birdhouses and other crafts.