High Country Gardens Aims to Surpass Last Year’s Donation to Susan G. Komen

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High Country Gardens brings back traditional potter Guy Wolff to auction off his vessels for breast cancer awareness.

For the second year in a row, High Country Gardens, the industry leader in nationally distributed waterwise plants and grasses, will host its Guy Wolff Pottery Throwing Demonstration to raise money for the Central New Mexico Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Last year, Wolff’s clay pots, which were thrown live at Santa Fe Greenhouses and then auctioned off to spectators, brought in an unexpected, precedent-setting $2,300.

“We were so pleased and surprised,” says Susan Simons, executive director of the Central New Mexico Affiliate, a donor clearinghouse for breast cancer research in the state. “75 percent of all money raised in New Mexico stays in New Mexico to help fund grants to organizations that provide screening and treatment for uninsured and underinsured women, and to organizations that support women and their families facing breast cancer,” she says. “We also provide breast health information all over the state. This year we were able to grant almost $140,000 to these organizations.” Simons says the other 25 percent of monies raised in the state goes to Komen National Research grants.

This year, in an effort to exceed its previous monumental contribution, High Country Gardens will host the unique event at its new location in Albuquerque (Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 6921 Pan American Freeway NE, 505-867-8585) as well as in its flagship garden center in Santa Fe (Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2904 Rufina Street, 505-473-2700).

“We would hope for a gift of about $3,000 this year, which equals about 30 mammograms for women who can’t afford one,” Simons says.    

About the unique partnership between High Country Gardens and the Komen foundation, Simons points to the inherent relationship between gardening and women’s health. “There cannot be a more peaceful or healthy way to spend time than in the garden,” she says.

Guy Wolff, a Connecticut-based artist who throws his classic wares following 18th- and 19th-century techniques, has produced pottery for Martha Stewart and the White House.

High Country Gardens is an award-winning source for waterwise, native and adapted plants. The nationally recognized mail-order catalog is available online at http://www.highcountrygardens.com, or by calling 1-800-925-9387.

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