Plant sale benefits historic home Saturday

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Bring your green Saturday, David Reeves jokes, so you’ll be ready to make plenty of plant sale purchases on St. Paddy’s Day.

Reeves is once again spearheading the Plants in the Patch fundraiser for Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation, set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17 at the historic Dean-Keener-Crim Home.

All proceeds will be invested in ongoing renovations at Kilgore’s oldest home, located at the intersection of Lantrip Street and Commerce.

“I’m still working with the nursery, but we will have herbs and geraniums and ferns. We’ll have annuals and perennials of different sorts,” Reeves said, ready for anyone, whether green-thumbs or new garden-growers, with prices ranging from $1.50 for herbs to up to $35 for premium plants.

It’s the third annual sale – the fundraiser netted almost $4,000 in 2016, and broke-even in 2017.

“I’m hoping this year we can at least meet our goal from the first year.”

Net proceeds from 2018’s event are earmarked for ongoing projects at the home – KHPF, as caretaker, transforming the building into a community asset.

“The two main bathrooms are being worked on as we speak. They’re being insulated and they’re installing new beadboard,” he noted. “They’ve got to have new fixtures.”

In addition to the plant sale, Reeves is offering a raffle prize of a $100-value flower arrangement every month for 12 months through his Flowers By Design business. Tickets are $25 each – they’ll be available at the plant sale Saturday and at various locations (including Reeves’ 213 E. Main St. storefront) through the May 31 drawing.

“Restoring Kilgore’s oldest home is a project I would love to see completed this year,” he said.

There’s work to be done yet, but Reeves estimates the project is about 80 percent complete, with some carpentry and cosmetic improvements ahead.

“Once it’s finished, it will be something that’s one-of-a-kind in Kilgore,” he said. “It pre-dates most of the history that Kilgore is known for. It’s a different era than what most people know about Kilgore.

“It’s just a chance to show off Kilgore’s early history.”

For more information, contact Reeves at 903-372-9040.

– By JAMES DRAPER

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