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Matriarch and her granddaughters sell plants for charity


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Lorilei Yan, Adelyn Segalla and Cora Yan, from left, raised money for The Nature Conservancy with their grandmother, Carolyn Segalla, by selling plants. The family sold approximately 100 small plants and donated $150.

Mountain View resident and grandmother Carolyn Segalla turned her love for her granddaughters and gardening into service by selling plants and clippings to raise money for The Nature Conservancy.

Segalla loves to get help from her granddaughters, Lorilei Yan, Cora Yan and Adelyn Segalla, in her garden. Lorilei and Cora, twins, are in kindergarten, and Adelyn is in first grade.

“All three of the girls love digging in the dirt, planting plants and watching little succulents take root,” Segalla said.

But Segalla’s succulents, in particular, were starting to overrun the garden. So initially she wanted to create a little plant stand and give the plants away, but her daughter, Jen Yan, suggested that she sell the plants and clippings for $1 and donate the proceeds to The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the natural world.

They arranged the plants in stacks in their front yard and held signs advertising their wares, like a lemonade stand. The granddaughters are not new to volunteering – in years past, Lorilei, Cora and Adelyn visited convalescent homes, sang to residents and delivered them plants.

Segalla had approximately 100 small cups of plants for sale: succulents, geraniums, impatiens and hydrangeas. The family raised more than $150 for The Nature Conser- vancy.

“There were so many of them, so it seemed like a good thing to share,” Segalla said.

The family is new to Mountain View, and Segalla said she already feels at home here. She added that her granddaughters walk to school every day, and their friends have been stopping by to buy plants.

“People are wonderful neighbors here,” Segalla said. “Everywhere you go, there’s trees, and the people are so lovely.”

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