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Hosta sale, fundraiser Aug. 25 in Woodstock

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Margaret Eyre, 94, will be at the Hosta Sale & Fundraiser Aug. 25.

WOODSTOCK – Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery, 11618 McConnell Road, Woodstock, will have a Hosta Sale & Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25.

More than 500 varieties of hostas will be available for sale (cash or check only) to benefit Heifer International.

Owner Rich Eyre was in the Peace Corps in Bolivia in 1968-70 and became a Heifer volunteer. He and his wife Susan became more invested in Heifer International’s mission after serving six years on the Heifer Foundation Board of Trustees.

Heifer International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that works to end hunger and poverty worldwide. It provides livestock, trees, training and other resources to help strugglingfamilies build sustainable futures.

Bolivian handicrafts will be for sale to benefit Mano a Mano International Partners.Their work in rural Bolivia focuses on building hospitals, schools, roads, andirrigation projects.

A hosta leaf identification program will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Tom Michiletti, former president of the American Hosta Society and Midwest Regional Hosta Society, and founder and first president of the Northern Illinois Hosta Society, will be available to identify hostas for people who bring in leaves.

At 11 a.m., Mary Beth Vanous of Q&Z Nursery will have a presentation on mini hostas.

For many years Rich’s mother, Margaret Eyre, spent every summer dividing hostas for fundraising events at the family nursery. Now at age 94, Margaret was unable to work in her hosta patch this year, but volunteers, including Ed Slomski of Huntley and Mike Krause of Crystal Lake, have been dividing hostas since April for fundraising events.

For more information, call 815-338-7442, or visit www.richsfoxwillowpines.com

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