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Plant Sale

Rappahannock Adult Activities (RAAI) annual plant sale begins Saturday, April 23, 2011 at their 750 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg location (approximately 3 miles East of the Chatham Bridge).

You can buy plants:

  • Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (not open Easter)

During the 25th Annual Mayfest Celebration on Saturday, May 7, plants will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Through the horticulture therapy program, RAAI participants grow more than 100 plant varieties. According to Melessa Suder, Horticulture Specialist, “The greenhouses at RAAI are busting at the seams with a variety of seedlings. We are especially excited about the geranium crop grown at the Caroline County site. Our participants are involved in the entire process from putting labels on the pots to actually placing plants in customers’ vehicles. All of our participants, staff members, and volunteers have put a lot of hours into the production of these crops and every minute has been enjoyable and rewarding for all involved.”

Mrs. Suder was recently hired to replace Robin McGirr who served in the position for the past 10 years. Mrs. Suder is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univer! si ty (Virginia Tech) with dual degrees in horticulture and education. She previously taught horticulture for 13 years and oversaw a production greenhouse at Randolph-Henry High School in Charlotte County, Virginia.

For 35 years, Rappahannock Adult Activities, Inc. has provided a community-based developmental day program that promotes dignity, independence, individualization, inclusion, and productivity of people with intellectual disabilities in their home communities. RAAI helps keep these individuals out of institutional settings and allowing caregivers respite from care responsibilities. Proceeds from the plant sales provide scholarships to allow participants without funding the opportunity to attend RAAI.

Day support services for individuals without the state funded Intellectual Disability/Mental Retardation Waiver or another funding source can cost up to $120 a day or more than $20,000 annually. There currently are 14 local individuals requiring financial assistance to attend day support programming.

RAAI currently serves 150 participants at their five locations in the City of Fredericksburg, Caroline County, King George County, and Stafford County. In addition to the horticulture program, participants volunteer in the community, enjoy a technology lab, and are active in many wellness activities. RAAI is a program of Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) and is a partner agency of the Rappahannock United Way.

For additional information, call RAAI at 540-373-7643. Or, visit www.celebratemayfest.com and select “Plant Sales” to view a list of plants available for sale.

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