Take a hike: Hospice walks for the cause
CORNWALL, Ontario - This Sunday, roughly 250 participants dug out their raincoats and laced up their sneakers for the annual Hike for Hospice.
Co-presidents, Susan Ramsay and Raylene Goulder of the Williamstown Green Thumb Horticultural Society showcase the fantastic plants (and prices) at the annual plant sale this Saturday, May 13. (Alycia Douglass)
WILLIAMSTOWN, Ontario - It was slim pickins by late Saturday morning as the Williamstown Green Thumb Horticultural Society wrapped up another successful plant sale.
“We opened at 8, and half of our vegetation was gone in three quarters of an hour,” said Raylene Goulder, who is co-president of the group along with Susan Ramsay.
The event has become famous for its rock-bottom prices and excellent quality plants. With more perennials, annuals, bulbs, and garden accessories than you could shake a stick at, Goulder says that the selection and price point are what bring most folks out to the annual event.
“The prices are excellent, and we all know the quality of the plants,” said Goulder. “They’re all fresh from the garden.”
A word to the wise for those unfamiliar with the event: show up early.
“I would say there were at least 50 people lined up outside when we opened,” said Goulder. “But when people leave, they know that they’re paying a fraction of the price it would normally cost them.”
All money raised throughout the course of the day is allocated to filling garden boxes in Williamstown and Lancaster. Currently, the Green Thumb Horticultural Society has just finished with two lovely red and white tulip arrangements in the Lancaster Branch of the SD&G County Library, as well as in the front bed of the Nor'Westers & Loyalist Museum in Williamstown.
“Any money earned goes right back to community planting,” said Ramsay. “We’re doing our best to beautify our community.”