First-ever event draws shoppers to the Motherhouse

May 7, 2016 by



As a beautiful spring day began Saturday, a small group of workers were out just after dawn, getting ready for the first-ever Motherhouse Spring Plant and Flower Sale.

Development Director Holly Brown, assistant Ambria Gilliland, gardener Lyle Pounds and volunteer Sister Loretta Jasper moved hundreds of plants from the Motherhouse greenhouse, plus set out scores of garden signs, decorative pots and planters and yard art of every description.

Meanwhile, sisters and volunteers from Manna House of Prayer finished all the preparation for the garage sale that filled three garages at the Motherhouse.

And the early morning preparation proved worth it as perfect spring weather brought eager customers to the Motherhouse for the 9 a.m. opening. By the time the fundraiser ended in mid-afternoon, shoppers had contributed nearly $2,550 to support the Sisters of St. Joseph and their ministries.

The separate proceeds from the garage sale benefit Manna House of Prayer and its emergency assistance program, Helping Hands.

Brown organized the Spring Plant and Flower Sale, with lots of assistance from Pounds and Gilliland along with the maintenance staff at the Motherhouse. All the seedlings, flowers and hanging basket plants were grown in the Motherhouse greenhouse beginning in January. The decorative pots and garden art were created by Brown, Gilliland and several of the sisters.

Below is a slideshow of about two dozen photos from Saturday’s activity:


One Response to “First-ever event draws shoppers to the Motherhouse”

  1. Missy Ljungdahl on May 9th, 2016 10:31 pm

    WOW! This looked like a great event. Sorry we are so far away. Thanks for ALL the work that went into it all.

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