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Copley-Fairlawn Kiwanis’ flower sale coming

5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

COPLEY/FAIRLAWN — The Copley-Fairlawn Kiwanis Club is set to kick off its three-day flower sale at two locations this year over Mother’s Day weekend.

In addition to its regular location at Copley and Jacoby roads in Copley, this year’s sale will again return to the parking lot at Summit Mall in Fairlawn, near Dillard’s, at West Market Street and Ghent Road.

The sale of spring flowers will kick off May 9 at 8 a.m. at both locations and feature a wide assortment of flowers, including thousands of hanging baskets.

“Many of our longtime customers know us each year because of our giant tent that goes up at Copley and Jacoby roads,” said Len Shetler, chairman of this year’s sale. “Now, we’ll have two tents, including the one at Market Street and Ghent Road in the Summit Mall parking lot. We will be offering a wide variety of flowers, including hanging baskets and a variety of potted geraniums. Our regular offering of flowers, including those in trays and flats, will be on sale at the Copley and Jacoby roads location.”

For the first time in the history of the flower sale, impatiens will not be on sale because of a destructive disease known as downy mildew, according to club officials. This disease has destroyed the impatiens crops throughout Europe and has now begun to infect plants here in the United States, they added.

“Rather than risk selling impatiens plants to our customers, only to have them die several weeks after planting, we and our supplier, Blooming Acres, have decided not to offer impatiens for sale,” said Shetler.

Other flowers have been stocked to replace impatiens. They include petunias, begonias and zinnias. The downy mildew does not affect New Guinea impatiens, and they are also available at both locations, according to club officials.

The Kiwanis Club will be accepting all major credit cards at its sale this year, in addition to cash and checks. Customers also will be treated to complimentary coffee and doughnuts while they shop.

“We have many repeat customers year after year, and our flower sale has become an annual tradition for families throughout the area,” said President Dan Konvolinka. “We appreciate everyone’s support.”

By purchasing flowers at the annual Copley-Fairlawn Kiwanis Club flower sale, customers can help the club to fund projects such as the annual Halloween in the Park and the annual community Christmas Food Basket program for families in need. More than $100,000 has been returned to the community in the past several years, according to club officials.

The flower sale hours at both locations are May 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.copleyfairlawnkiwanis.org.

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