A floral sale for the Weed Ladies will be held at Naper Settlement on April 3. Read the full release below.
After the long, cold winter, the Daniels House at Naper Settlement provides a welcome touch of spring. The showroom for the Weed Ladies’ Spring and Summer Floral Design Sale is bursting with colorful silk and dried floral arrangements. The sale will be held at the Settlement, 523 S. Webster, Naperville, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 3 through Saturday April 5 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Admission to the sale is free.
This year, the Weed Ladies are celebrating their 45th anniversary of supporting historic preservation and education programs at Naper Settlement.
“We have continued to ‘blossom’ since the group started in 1969 when they sold only dried flower arrangements,” said Lynn Rogala, co-chair of the Weed Ladies. “We love this charming historical place and enjoy supporting it with the proceeds from our sales.”
Retired preschool teacher and Weed Lady volunteer, Sharon Wisinski, said she is pleased that their efforts help support the education programs that bring history to life for 33,000 schoolchildren each year.
“Naper Settlement is the best way to get students in touch with how life used to be,” Wisinski said. “They are actually reliving it and experiencing something they wouldn’t get in a textbook.”
Through the years, many have wondered about the origin of the group’s unique name. Some of the original members scoured the highways and byways of Naperville and nearby communities looking for flora that others considered weeds; thus, the name Weed Ladies. They now design in traditional and more contemporary styles adding special touches to make each arrangement or wreath unique.
Today the group numbers 15 floral designers and gardeners. One of their busiest seasons is just around the corner – that of planting and caring for the on-site garden. Towards fall, the flowers are picked and dried, providing many of the dried flowers that are used alone or as accents in seasonal silk arrangements. Additional gardening volunteers are especially welcome.
For more information about the sale, or to request a custom floral arrangement using your containers or theirs, call (630) 305-5289.
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