PLAINVILLE – The Petit Family Foundation will be having a sale of Michaela's Four O' Clock flowers Friday and Saturday, just in time for a Mother’s Day gift.
The Four O' Clocks will be available for a $5 donation Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Petit Family Foundation office at 32 Whiting St.
The flowers come from seeds from the garden of the late Michaela Petit. The Petit Family Foundation sells the seeds in her memory, using the proceeds to further the Foundation’s mission to help educate young people, especially young women in the sciences, support those with chronic illnesses, and help to protect those affected by violence.
The Michaela’s Garden Project was started by the late Dennis Chapman, Michaela’s uncle, to memorialize his niece.
Kim Petit, office assistant with the Petit Family Foundation, said that the flowers are planted and grown by agriculture students throughout the state.
“It’s a project that gets the kids involved in sharing and spreading the beauty and love of Michaela's Four O' Clocks,” she said. “We have usually done fairly well with selling them; there are a lot of people looking to get them for their own gardens or as gifts for Mother’s Day.”
The red, pink, yellow and white trumpet-shaped flowers, which can bloom into any combination of these colors, were a favorite of Michaela Petit. Kim Petit that they are easy plants to care for and can help to fill out a garden nicely, adding pleasant color and fragrance. The flowers were named the State of Connecticut Children’s Flower on June 19, 2015.
Petit added that Michaela's Four O' Clocks produce seeds. Those who purchase them are asked to harvest these seeds and return them to the Petit Family Foundation to help keep Michaela's Garden ongoing.
Petit said that those who are unable to make it to the sale Friday or Saturday can call the Petit Family Foundation office at 860-479-1436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for pickup throughout the month of May at the office.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.