Elephant Ear PlantsIn nearby Marion County, the bounty of Rudy’s Happy Patch Market continues to appear in a variety of settings. The latest: a green and floral arrangement at Buena Vista United Methodist Church.

Last week, church leader Cindy Haulk approached Perry Wellness Center staff member Mulkey McMichael – a proud Marion County resident – with a request. She asked him to select two matching plants for placement in the sanctuary for the May 19thservices. They would be placed there in memory of her late parents, Alto and Hazel Hanner. 

The church is proud of its history of welcoming only live flowers into the sanctuary, and Mulkey was up to the task. He selected two elephant ear plants (colocation antiquorum) from the market, based with white oak hydrae and salvia for added color.

“I chose this leaved elephant ear because the long leaves seemed to reach to heaven,” Mulkey explained.

The elephant ears will have a more permanent home in Marion County, as Cindy Haulk plants to add the two plants to her already extensive collection of plants in her back yard.

While area outreach is important to Perry Wellness Center, Buena Vista United Methodist Church has a special place in the hearts of the Perry family. It is the former church home of Stuart and Pam Perry, Stuart’s mother, and his late father, Tom Perry. This October, Buena Vista United Methodist Church will celebrate 175 years in existence. It is known as “the friendly church,” a fact to which the Perry family can attest.

Thanks to Cindy Hauk for letting PWC add our touch to your beautiful sanctuary.

P.S. We have more elephant ear plants available at the market!

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