Plant Sales

During Garden Shows

Plant sales are an important revenue source for the Club, particularly during our Garden Shows, when we get many more visitors than at our regular meetings. There have been ongoing challenges from pricing to plant quality to left-over plants. The executive has agreed on several procedures for plant sales.

The Church has kindly agreed that we could use another room for plant sales. This will allow the plant sale volunteers to prepare sale tables and plants without interruption.

Plant sales will follow these procedures:

  • No plant discounts at the end of the day
  • Judges allowed 1 plant purchase before the opening of the Show
  • No other sales until the opening of the Show.

Members are encouraged to donate plants to the sale.

  • Donated plants should be labelled with
    • common and Latin name (if known),
    • blossom colour
    • growing conditions.
  • Effort should be made to trim and clean up the plant, so it displays well.
  • Houseplants will be accepted, provided they are labelled, potted and well presented.

Pricing will be reviewed annually.  It is recommended that

  • smaller plants be priced at $3,
  • larger plants at $5
  • and unusual/large/exceptional plants $8 – $10 at the discretion of the plant sale volunteers.

The sale of invasive plants is not prohibited as they can be useful with proper management and control. It was agreed, however, that a list of invasives will be displayed, any plants identified, and when sold, purchaser advised of its invasive nature.

There will be an increased effort to promote the diversity of plants offered and to obtain plants from outside sources.

In line with increasing the quality and quantity of plants, the garden show will be advertised as a Garden Show and Plant Sale; the show would remain at $5 for entry, which would include tea and door prizes while there would be no charge for admission to the plant saleroom.

PLEASE DONATE PLANTS FOR THE SHOW!
VEGETABLE STARTERS, ANNUALS, PERENNIALS AND HOUSEPLANTS ARE WELCOME.
BRING THEM FRIDAY NIGHT OR SATURDAY MORNING

excerpt from VRGC Newsletter March 2019

 

Plant Sales:  In 2019, thanks to the work of 3 very energetic members (Maureen Thompson, Lisa Rogers and Donna Humphries), we expanded the plant sales into a separate room, with no admission fee for that section. This was very popular, and the club raised $545 at the Spring Show, roughly $200 more than in previous years.

An excerpt from Celebrating 70 Years
Compiled by Carole Carver
Co-President 2018 +2020
President 2017
Past President 2019
Newsletter Editor 2011 – 2012
Carole has also volunteered in many situations. She often can be counted on to chair a Garden Show or host the Centerpiece workshop in advance of our Annual Awards Celebration & Christmas Social.

Plant Sales – Fall Show 2019

updated Jan.11, 2020

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