Longvue Acres Garden Club Hosts 72nd Annual Spring Plant Sale

the Spyglass Acres Garden Club hosts its 72nd annual spring perennial sale, featuring over 500 plants grown by members and donated for sale.

The cash-only plant sale will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on May 14 — rain or shine — in the upper parking lot of Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Highway in McCandless.

Several club members are Penn State Master Gardeners and will be on hand to answer gardening questions and help with plant selection.

The money raised from the sale funds monthly educational programs for the public and supports the upkeep of the chapel garden at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

Proceeds are also used to support the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Western Pennsylvania Botanical Gardens, North Area Environmental Council, and McCandless and Ross Community Gardens.

For more information about the plant sale or the Longvue Acres Garden club, email: longvueacresgardenclub1950@gmail.com.

The Longvue Acres Garden Club was established in the fall of 1950, when construction of Longvue Acres Plan 3, located off Peebles Road in McCandless, brought many new homes to the booming area.

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

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

They held front yard beauty contests to encourage residents to beautify their properties and awarded money to homeowners who planted the most attractive landscaping.

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

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, tlarussa@triblive.com or via Twitter .