Beautiful Flower



April 17, 2017

An annual rite of spring could brighten gardens while helping adults with developmental disabilities flourish in their community. Rappahannock Adult Activities Spring Plant Sale will begin April 21 and run through May 6. More than 100 varieties of plants will be available, grown through RAAI’s horticulture therapy program.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit RAAI’s day support program for adults with developmental disabilities. The program helps participants learn new skills, develop friendships and explore their community. The plant sale will provide scholarships for individuals in need and will defray the costs of community activities.

The sale will feature annuals, vegetables, hanging baskets and herbs. The sale is one of the only places in the Fredericksburg area to find the popular wave petunia hanging pouches, said Horticulture Therapist Melessa Suder. Customers can choose from more than 16,000 plants, including 33 varieties of tomatoes and 13 varieties of peppers.

Customers will be able to purchase plants at RAAI’s greenhouse, 750 Kings Highway in Stafford County (approximately 3 miles east of the Chatham Bridge). Plants will be for sale Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Additionally, RAAI participants will sell geraniums at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market in Hurkamp Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 26—28 and May 3—5.

RAAI is a community-based developmental day program that promotes dignity, independence, individualization, inclusion and productivity of people with developmental disabilities in their communities. For more than 40 years, RAAI day support services have helped to keep individuals out of institutional settings and allow caregivers respite from care responsibilities. The program currently serves more than 150 individuals at seven locations in the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.

RAAI is a program of Rappahannock Area Community Services Board and a partner agency of the Rappahannock United Way.

For additional information, call RAAI at 540/373-7643 or visit

Founded in 1970, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides public mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and prevention/early intervention services to the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.



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