4th Annual Plant Sale – May 18

After a chilly, snowy, and rainy April, it’s finally warming up and drying out.   We have just about a month to prepare for our 4th Annual Plant Sale, welcoming the combination of an indoor Yard and Book Sale on the same day, Saturday, May 18th. Much has already been accomplished, behind the scenes, but the big task of getting pots of plants ready to sell, begins RIGHT NOW.     

   Jean is chairing the Plant Sale,  and Sharon O. is organizing the Yard sale  (see her article in F&C also).  We are updating signage and the beautiful banner which graces the front of the church. 

   We need and appreciate everyone’s help.  Anyone with plants from their yards can begin bringing them to the cozy courtyard behind the church during the first two weeks of May.      It would be great if they were potted and labeled with what they are, but you can just bring clumps and we can do that.   Anyone is welcome to join in the fun of dividing and potting plants.   Someone will be there nearly every day from now until the sale, so just stop by, or call  or email Jean beforehand – the schedule will fluctuate based on other commitments,  and the weather.   We would like lots of variety… many different plants are welcomed, but not too many of the same type of Hosta, daylilies, or iris. 

Empty pots,  and even pots with soil in them is appreciated any time…  we RECYCLE! Buckets or bags of topsoil, compost, potting soil, etc.  even partial bags,  will be used! These can be dropped of at any time before and even after the Sale weekend… place them either beside or behind the shed at your convenience –  if we don’t use them this year they will be used over the summer or next year.   Please tell your neighbors and friends !    

     Houseplants and gardening tools, plant books, and decorative pots, etc.  are also welcomed, but we prefer you keep them in your home until a few days before the May 18 event. We don’t want housplants damaged by an overnight frost.     On Friday afternoon, May 17, we will begin moving things out onto the lawn, with a setup organized much like last year.   We hope many hands will make this process happen smoothly and quickly.     We’ll also set up the shade tent, and need to take a few tables out as well, but most plants will stay on the ground arranged in groups.

   Saturday the sale will be advertised as open to the public from 8 am to 3 pm, and on Sunday morning after the social hour and the church meeting, will be a final opportunity to peruse what’s left, followed by moving whatever tables and chairs are left to be brought back into the church, finishing up around 12:30 – 1pm, hopefully.   

  Jean has been coordinating with folks from the Tailgait Transportation and Rescue  who will have their plant sale on June 1 at the Burger King, 737 Daniel Webster Hwy North, Manchester, NH from 9am-2pm. Their volunteers will welcome any of our leftover extra plants – and will pick them up and store them until their sale.  Nice to know we are supporting them in their good work, as well. 

   If you can spare any amount of time, please do step up… no need to know much about plants and gardening…  just smile and assist whoever needs a helping hand.   Signup sheets are in Fellowship Hall during Sunday Coffee Hours, but please just come when you are able!       It’s circulating around among neighbors and past plant sale attendees, that we are a very friendly and welcoming bunch of people!   

    Last, but certainly not least, please continue to let your friends and neighbors (and anyone else) know the date and times.   In an exit survey, word-of-mouth resulted in a significant portion of those who attended and shopped.      And remember that one of the major goals of this venture is to socialize with each other…  and have fun — so make that a priority as well, just come and hang out!