Sowing the seeds of hope

Local plant nursery donates plants, trees for Shelter Home of Caldwell County fund raiser
May. 02, 2013 @ 08:08 AM

With access to 700 acres, Gina Triplett and her sister Christy Price have lots of room to raise plants for their Lenoir Green Scenes Nursery. Their donation of two truckloads of perennial flowering plants, plus a few trees thrown in for good measure, barely put a dent into the nursery’s stock.

But for the Shelter Home of Caldwell County, which is selling the plants Friday during its annual "Seeds of Hope" fundraising event, the donation was huge.

"It blew me away," said Hope Bumgarner, Shelter Home's community outreach coordinator, "to know they gave that much. Their kindness and generosity overwhelmed me."

Proceeds from “Seeds of Hope" go to support the Shelter Home. Part of the donations will come from plants donated to the event for the cause. Triplett says while she has never experienced the need for the Shelter Home, she was taught at an early age to give to those who are in need.

“Our step-dad, Sammy Coffey, was the most giving person I’d ever known,” Triplett said. “His favorite saying is to treat people the way you have been treated.”

Shelter Home staff were soliciting donations for the event, the nonprofit’s biggest of the year, and when Triplett agreed to donate, Bumgarner brought a large pickup truck with a camper top, just in case.

“I went down the aisles (of the nursery) and starting carrying stuff to the truck,” Triplett said.

It wasn’t long before the truck was full of daffodils, Easter lilies and other perennials. Bumgarner returned for another truckload, loading up with knock-out roses and hanging baskets. That was followed by two dogwood trees, crepe myrtles and pots of Japanese maple trees.

“Hope was overwhelmed,” Triplett said.

Lenoir Green Scenes ships all over the country. But when a local nonprofit needed help, the sisters didn’t bat an eye.

“If I can help people out in this area, that’s what I’d rather do,” Triplett said.

Also donating plants for the event were Communities in Schools students from Granite Falls Middle School, which reopened its greenhouse. Their idea was to grow a “pizza in a box” garden for the event. The students planted, in a circular shape, tomatoes, bell peppers and herbs that would be found on a pizza. CIS Executive Director Debbie Eller also is donating some day lilies and Japanese irises for the event.