Our Native Plants Nursery is up and running at full capacity. And our recent Pop-up Sale in September proved to be enormously successful. Volunteers spent August potting nursery stock into gallon containers. Crews came the week of the sale on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and weeded paths, spread bark chips, weeded containers, put the nursery plants in common areas, erected sale canopies and put information and sales signs around the nursery.
The Saturday sale had a steady stream of customers until about 1 pm, despite the scorching temperatures. We sold 429 plants: 381 natives, 27 figs and 21 non-natives. We also sold three books. Sales totaled $2,378.00.
Customers were given handouts when they checked out: How to Plant a Native Plant, Keystone Plants for Specialist Bees and Lepidoptera by the National Wildlife Federation and a trifold of Seven Steps to Increasing Biodiversity in Your Yard, with a plant list keyed to our local keystone native plants.
During the coming weeks, we need to continue to pot on plants and begin to stratify the native seeds for germination next spring. We will have two more sales; the first is on Sunday, October 9th, from 10 am – 4 pm, at Pollinator Project Rogue Valley: 312 North Main Street Phoenix, Oregon. Here is the link to that event https://fb.me/e/2al2Psugc Please consider sharing this information and inviting your local gardening friends on Facebook and through other social media. At this sale last year, we made $1,300. We are hoping to make much more this year. If you missed our September 10th sale, please try to make the October sale.
On Saturday, November 12, the nursery will be open for plant sales during our Winter Gala Event. Hours are 9 am – 3 pm. Holiday gifts, wreaths and decorations will be for sale in the auditorium on the SOREC campus – 569 Hanley Road, Central Point. And plants will be available in our nursery next to Greenhouse 2 and the parking lot. You can also visit the nursery and buy plants most Wednesdays through October from 9 am – noon.