Saturday, May 1, 2021
The long awaited VNPS Jefferson Chapter Annual Native Plant Sale in a virtual format is set to begin!
NOTE: Plant sales will be made only to customers submitting a Pre-Sale Customer Order Form in advance. This method will allow us to maintain safe social distancing.
Pre-Sale Requirements (April 15 – 19)
All customers must place Pre-Sale Orders by email to PlantSaleJeffChap@gmail.com using one these methods:
- Option 1: Print the Customer Order Form, fill it out, scan it to a PDF, then email.
- Option 2: Download the Customer Order Form Excel spreadsheet, fill it out, then email.
- Option 3: Email your selections, quantities, and contact information. Only plant species that appear on the Customer Order Form may be requested.
Your email order must be submitted no earlier than Thursday April 15 and no later than 12 noon on Tuesday, April 19. Email orders will be fulfilled in the order in which they are received.
The Pre-Sale Order Form will show quantities available for each plant species. We will not otherwise limit the quantity a customer may order except for the Trilliums (limit of 5).
The Chapter inventory totals over 1,600 potted plants. Plants are a mix of plants potted at Pat Willis’s (cherished memories) in fall of 2019, leftovers from prior years, and a few new additions. During the many extra months of storage our plants have become more robust with enlarging root systems.
Exceptional is the Toadshade (Trillium sessile) with 103 from 2018 pottings that are expected to be flowering again this spring. For this species only, quantities are restricted to 5 pots per customer order.
Mayapples will be both in the usual 4” sq. tall pots and for the first time also offered in larger 6” pots. It’s expected that many will be flowering size.
A new addition potted this fall is prized Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia) with its unique dart-like flowers. These are just a few of nearly 50 desired native species to be offered. It includes woodland wildflowers, groundcovers, full and partial sun wildflowers favored by pollinators, vines, and shrubs.
Many species may sell out quickly, possibly we will be able to allow customers to make substitutions from other species still unsold.
When an order is finalized the customer will be given a time slot on May 1 to pick up their order and make check or cash payment while remaining in their vehicle. Pick-up location will be in the Ivy area (about 8 miles west of Charlottesville). You will remain in your vehicle while volunteers load and collect payment.
We need volunteers to help process orders, box customer orders, set up tables, assemble orders for pick-up, keep traffic lines organized, and load vehicles. A special thank you to Ruth Iwano for helping to label the plants. Please contact Sale Chairman Phil Stokes at email@example.com to volunteer.