Having Fun With Pots

How does a Master Gardener group fund its projects? Well, a fundraiser of course.

Every May with the help of our entire organization, we hold our annual plant sale to support our community gardening projects.

We start each year by assembling an experienced team to coordinate the various aspects of the sale from advertising to logistics. We also look to all members to donate plants, volunteer to pot them up, maintain them for a couple of weeks, transport the plants, work the plant sale itself, and then over winter the extras.

On May 2nd and 9th, we gathered to pot up over 600 plants from our members’ personal gardens. These plants will be nurtured for the next couple of weeks while additional plants will arrive the day of the sale from other members who were unable to attend.

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When Sunday, May 29th, rolls around another group will gather at the city of Durham Town Hall, Durham, NH, to set up tents, tables, signs, and plants – perennials, shrubs, trees, vegetables, herbs, and annuals.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will enjoy talking with our neighbors about gardening, answering questions, making them aware of UNH Cooperative Extension‘s many educational opportunities, and providing information to those interested in becoming a Master Gardener.

It is our busiest time of year, but it is also our best, because we have a unique opportunity to share our love of gardening with our community.

Submitted by:  Joan V., Plant Sale Chairperson, MG since 2010

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Strafford County Master Gardener Association, part of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, sixty+ gardeners strong, educating through gardening in Strafford County New Hampshire.
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2 Responses to Having Fun With Pots

  1. pbodwell says:

    Do you do any other projects for fundraisers? Our group is trying to think of ways to raise funds. Another county does a plant sale so we are trying to think of something else.

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    • SCMGA says:

      The plant sale is our yearly fund raiser. But, a couple of other groups in Maine raise money with garden tours. They will have five or six gardens open for tour on a weekend and charge a fee. Some of the gardens may be Master Gardeners but others are just ones lovingly tended by great gardeners. The last one I attended they had a tent set up in a centrally located school yard and you bought your ticket and picked up your map there. Then you drove to the first stop from there. There were two that had farm animals, one that had a water feature, and the others were just really nice gardens. There was one volunteer at each house with a chair and an umbrella that you could recognize. This person made sure everyone was respectful of the property and parked appropriately, In all cases there was also either a home owner or a Master Gardener to answer questions. Hope that gives you some ideas. 🙂

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