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The Garden Club of McKeesport will welcome visitors — and potential members — during its annual Holiday Sale this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the club house, next to the Rose Garden at Renziehausen Park. The hours overlap part of McKeesport’s annual Festival of Trees, which opens Thursday at the nearby Jacob Woll Pavilion.
“We have live wreaths, swags, kissing balls and a lot of Christmas crafts that the members make,” says club member Cindy Medved of White Oak. “There will be dried flowers and a bake sale as well.”
The holiday show is the garden club’s biggest fundraiser each year, she says.
“And according to the members a lot of people are repeat customers,” Medved says. “Some of them put in advanced orders for the Christmas wreaths every year.”
All of the greenery will be displayed on the outside of the building, from which the Garden Club of McKeesport maintains and cultivates the nearby Renziehausen Park arboretum, which was established in 1938 and is the second-largest certified rose garden in Pennsylvania.
Although the garden is closed for the winter, the gazebo is decorated for the holidays.
There is also a “kids’ corner” where younger visitors can purchase items for their family members. Most items on that table will be priced at $5 or less, Medved says.
Although the club has been in existence for nearly 90 years, Medved is one of the newest members. She says the experience has been wonderful and she hopes visitors will ask how they can become members.
“We would love to have some new members,” Medved says. “I’m meeting so many really nice people. They are very talented. Some of them have been members of the club over 25 years.”
For more information, call the club at (412) 672-1050 or club member Mary Hall at (412) 751-7777.
Originally published November 30, 2021.