HARDY PLANT SOCIETY
At Speaker Meetings
At the majority of our Speaker Meetings we offer plants for sale. These may be provided by our members or by the Speaker.
Any of the plants provided by the members can be sold in one of 2 ways.
2024 Plant Fair - Saturday 18th May
Gates open at 10am - 12noon
£1 Admission (cash please)
Open to the Public
Refreshments in the Hall
This is our annual Plant Fair, setup in the car park again at Colehill Village Hall, where the majority of plants have been propagated by our own members and sold at very reasonable prices. We also have refreshments on sale inside the Village Hall.
So if you are propagating plants and will have plants to sell, please contact us, and book a table (approx 6ft) for £10
In 2023 members booked a table to sell their plants, or half a table to share with another member… it all depends on the number of plants you have to sell.
When we open the gates… all are more than welcome... members and non-members, to come and buy.
Notes for Preparing Your Plants For Sale
During the year we shall be needing lots of plants. The Dorset Group will be selling plants at:-
Our plant sales are a vital source of funding towards our speakers and, as you can imagine, the price of speakers goes steadily up, particularly their travel costs these days. Over the years, we have encouraged our members to propagate their own plants at home (by taking cuttings, division or sowing seed), then bring them along to be sold on the Plants Sales Table.
As a buyer you get a good plant much cheaper than it would have cost you in the garden centre, and, as a seller you can make money to cover at least the cost of the compost and the pot.
'Double Ticketing' System
The double ticketing system means you can profit from your own propagation efforts. You give the plant 2 tickets - where one ticket has your surname and price, and the other has the plant name and anything important about the plant, eg. 'plant in shade'. When the plant is sold - the label with the plant name stays with the plant and its new owner. The label with your name and price is kept by us to ensure you get your payment.
Plant Quality & Presentation
As you can appreciate, we try to ensure the quality of the plants we offer is of a high standard so the test is –
“Would I buy this plant?”
Larger plants and those in flower usually sell especially well. We always need 'good doers' as well as those we might cherish as 'something special'. The following are useful to consider:-
It’s common sense really. We gardeners can’t resist buying plants, but we do like the unusual and the well-grown. Think of us when splitting up plants, and again when hoeing off those seedlings. We also accept recently split plants or dug up bulbs, please wrap these in damp paper and a polythene bag so that it is clear that the plant must be planted at once.
Afterwards, you collect all unsold plants and any money owed to you.
So when you next come to a meeting, bring some plants with you, and maybe take a few different ones home with you? For any help or advice please contact our Group Secretary via our Contacts page or come and speak to a committee member.