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A Perennial Pair at the Plant Sale

We love our plant sale shoppers, but today I heard a story from a shopper that may top any others I've heard.

Marly wrote to ask about the Sunday discount sale. "For the first time in more years than I can remember, I (may) have to miss the sale this year," she wrote. "My daughter and only child is getting married Saturday the 11th, and we are just hopping busy those days!"

Despite the wedding, Marly thought she might be able to "squeak in a minute" before we close on Sunday.

I wrote back right away to make sure she realized that our Sunday hours have changed to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. I couldn't bear the idea of her tearing herself away from her daughter's Sunday, post-wedding festivities early, only to arrive at 3:30 and find the sale closed.

But she assured me she already knew about the time change. And then she told me this amazing fact:

"I'm hoping we can make the event because it was our first date years ago and we come every year for our 'anniversary.'"

Well, that was just too good to not be shared. She and her partner Bob had their first date at the 2008 sale on a Friday. "He said he needed help picking out shrubs for his new landscaping project. (I later I found out he had it all planted! But he did buy things anyway.)"

She went on to say, "Of course, I shop and take much more time there than he does, and he's so sweet and just waits or watches me ooh and ah and drool over everything -- knowing how much I love it there."

And this: "I had gone many years before with girlfriends...now I include them in our annual trips if they can go the same day and we all celebrate together! Here's a cute pic from two years ago."

Two women and one man standing with plants
Friend Carol (left), with Marly and Bob at the 2011 plant sale. That's a nice improvised plant cart, too!

Marly ended with this: "My dad had a lot on Machinery Hill for years and the State Fair grounds have a very special place in my heart. Thanks for listening!"

Thank you for sharing that with us, Marly!

Do you have a story about shopping at the plant sale? Any traditions or special moments? We'd love to hear about them.
 

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