San Augustine Garden Club treating spring fever with two-day fair

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - Places on the weather map reporting a trend of mild temperatures are also seeing a spike in sales for garden retailers. Where it's still cool, the retail chart dips.

No matter the weather, today and tomorrow the San Augustine Garden Club is treating spring fever. It's a welcome relief to those of us tired of the harsh winter.

The Gala Garden Fair hostesses want this for their guests.

"We're hoping to put a little zing in your spring," said Betty Oglesbee, the president of the San Augustine Garden Club.

The home and garden show is successfully treating cabin fever with a flower-filled tea room and a room full of vendors.

"Now he's a great shopper isn't he?" asked Doniece Smith, the owner of Smith Flower Gardens.

The Arp Garden Club traveled to San Augustine to restore their flower power.

"We're so ready," Debbie Gillispie said. "We're getting ready."

Farmgarden dot org reports gardening can have a positive impact on physical, mental and emotional well-being.

"It makes you feel alive," said Sharon Stoneham, the vice president of San Augustine Garden Club. "I've been so excited that I have taken my plants in and out of the greenhouse three times already."

No matter the weather outside, Smith Flower Gardens leaves plants inside. Customers have blooms and tomatoes all year long. However, this winter's heating costs have been expensive. Garden Gala sales are welcomed.

"We don't have a large inventory, but it's been an absolute godsend for a retirement income," Smith said. "We retired from good incomes from Houston. Came back home and opened two greenhouses, and I don't know why there aren't 200 greenhouses in San Augustine."

Perhaps all the industry needs is a break in the weather and the enthusiasm of the San Augustine Garden Club.

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