Rainbow Garden Club holds Earth Day plant sale to benefit ASD garden

Earth Day falls on April 22 every year, but Dallas’ Rainbow Garden Club is getting a headstart with a plant sale on Sunday.

The event will feature members and other vendors offering many "tried and true" plants that grow especially well in the Texas climate, from shrubs to succulents, grasses to pond plants, perennials to herbs.

"Many of these are unique plants that are not available at most nurseries," according to Todd Smith with the RGC. Smith and other members will be on hand to offer free gardening advice.

But more than mere beautification, the sale is also a fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas.

ASD’s campus includes the Don Ritz Memorial Garden, named after the late co-founder of Dallas Voice. Ritz’s co-founder, publisher Robert Moore, will match all plant sales dollar-for-dollar to help finance the renovation of the garden.

"Don visited ASD many times before his death and saw the great work they were doing," says Moore. Maintaining the garden is a tribute not just to Ritz, "but to how providing a nice environment for people living with AIDS goes to the heart of client services."

Lake Cliff Park at Colorado and Zang boulevards. April 19, 11 a.m.–-5 p.m. 214-803-0955. Rainbowgardenclub.com.

This article appeared in Dallas Voice’s print edition of Great Spaces magazine April 17, 2009.
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