Jefferson Chapter Annual Native Plant Sale

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Date/Time
Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location
Ivy Creek Natural Area - Barn

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The Jefferson Chapter of the VNPS will hold their Annual Native Plant Sale on a SATURDAY this year on April 27th at 1:00-3:00 pm Barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. Come early for the best choices. We have the best prices in town!

We’re off to a good start preparing for the Jefferson Chapter’s Annual Native Plant Sale to be held in Ivy Creek’s barn on Saturday April 27th opening at 1:00 PM. Please note: the sale will be held on a Saturday and we will start setting up on Friday. The change to Saturday was necessitated by Historic Garden Week deviating by a week from their longstanding scheduling pattern for Charlottesville area gardens. It will be a busy weekend with our sale on Saturday and Garden Week’s featured Charlottesville gardens open on Sunday.

ATTENTION MEMBERS: On sale weekend plants can be dropped off Friday (left behind barn) and early Saturday. Please label at least one of each species. Help is needed with setting up tables, sorting, and labeling for sale that begins on Friday afternoon 3:00 – 6:00 pm and final preparations start on Saturday morning beginning at 10:30 at the Ivy Creek Natural Area’s barn.

We’ll need many more plants to satisfy the sale’s exceptionally large customer demand. Please help by attending our potting event at Fran Boninti’s on Mar. 29 starting at 1:30 pm.  Additionally we rely on member grown and contributed plants being dropped off on the weekend of the sale. On sale weekend plants can be dropped off Friday (leave behind the barn) and early Saturday. Please label at least one of each species. Please help with setting up tables, sorting, and labeling for sale that begins on Friday afternoon 3:00 – 6:00 pm and final preparations start on Saturday morning beginning at 10:30 at the Ivy Creek Natural Area’s barn. — Phil Stokes, Plant Sale Chairman (philipfs@embarqmail.com)

Sale preparations started with a fall potting of a bare root order of 700 mostly spring flowering ephemerals and 550 ordered plugs of later looming perennials. Amazingly most all of these were potted/labeled at Pat Willis’s on Oct. 7th by a productive crew at a very well attended potting event featuring Pat’s wonderful homemade soups. Thank you Pat, and also Ruth Iwano for finishing up label making at home. Our fall pottings consisted of 19 species with the usual favorites including Virginia Bluebells, Mayapples, Toadshade, Wild Geranium, Alumroot, and Toothwort. Potted varieties new to the sale or absent for many years are Fire Pink, Whorled Milkweed, Shrubby St. John’s Wort, Blue False Indigo, Nodding Onion, and Silver Sedge. Thanks to Beth Mizell’s green thumb we also have on hand 75 Common Milkweeds, 25 Bluestem Goldenrods, 6 Prickly Pears, 5 Redbuds, and 10 Red Twig Dogwoods. Until sale weekend our pottings are being cared for by Will Shaw and Phil Stokes.

We’ll be promoting the sale with sample plants and sale flyers/lists at our display table at the PLA Seminar on Feb. 7 ad at the Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium in Waynesboro on March. 15. Contact Phil att philipfs@embarqmail.com if you can post or distribute sale flyers.

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