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2007 Plant Sale Info... mostly for members preparation
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Saturday, May 12, 2007
at the PHRPD's Winslow Center
2590 Pleasant Hill Road, Pleasant Hill

SE Corner of Pleasant Hill Road at Taylor Blvd. entrance is from Pleasant Hill Road (location map)

May 12, 2007... PLANT SALE... netted about $4k... thanks to all the hard work, especially Chair Marlina Hartley... pix

April 18, 2007... some updates from the May "Flower Press"

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Ways to Help Before the Sale ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
  •  Have all your plants labeled before you drop them off.
  •  If you need help with labels, contact Dianne Johnsen soon at 676-9315.
  •  Refer to Sunset’s Western Garden Book to verify any label information.
  •  Price not needed on your label – pricing is done at the sale site.
  •  Pictures of your plants in bloom are helpful, if possible.
  •  Attach your labels to slats of mini blinds or other stakes.
  •  Spraying a fixative for moisture protection is also a nice touch.
  •  Pass out fliers (see below) – you can get more at our May 1 meeting.
  •  Bring extra supplies to the May meeting – pots, mini blinds, etc.
  •  Sign up to help – at the May meeting or call Marlina Hartley, 827-4390.
  •  Offer to help any time during the final week – there will be plenty to do.
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ On Sale Day Bring Along ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
  •  A reference book (put your name in it) to help answer customer questions.
  •  Carts or wagons for customers to haul their purchases to their cars.
  •  Boxes, boxes, boxes: cardboard trays from bottled water cases work well.
April 11, 2007 ... A Month to Go and Members Are Readying Plants for PHGSC's May 12th Plant Sale
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Jan Egan in her greenhouse readying plants for sale Phil Grieg, master propagator, preparing plants for sale.

March 18, 2007... Update for Members....Ideas on Getting Ready for Our May 12 Plant Sale 
(rev 4/1/07)
By Marlina Hartley, Plant Sale Chair    
     I hope you are discovering, as I am, that a lot of plants that I potted up for the plant sale last fall are still alive. Some plants did die back but are now slowly emerging and should be be looking great in early May for our sale. I am finding other volunteer starts in the garden from plants that reseed readily and I am potting those up for the sale. Hopefully, plants that were started at the cutting propagation class will have established roots and have enought top growth to look good enough for the sale as well.
    We will be pricing plants at the sale, so there is no need to worry about marking a price on your plants. I just priced plants at Navlet's and found these prices compared to what we used last year:

Plant size/type       Navlet's                PHGSC (2006 sale)
4" annual             $1.79                     $1
6 pack annual         $2.99-4.29 (jumbo)        $1
4" perennial          $3.69                     $2
4" herb               $2.99                     $2
4" vegetable          $1.79                     $2
Perennial             $4.99+                    $3.50

     My recommendation is that we leave our pricing the same as last year and emphasize we have very reasonable priced plants.

    The information that customers always seem to want to know is the name of the plant, whether annual or perennial (A or P works), color of bloom, sun or shade lover, height, water needs/drought tolerant, hummingbird/ butterfly plant.  Regarding labels, customers usually want to know the plant name, if annual or perennial (A or P works), color of bloom, sun or shade lover, height, water needs/drought tolerant, hummingbird/ butterfly friendly.
    If you have a computer, we will give you information at the April meeting on how to do your labels. (also see below and the May
newsletter.) For numerous pots of the same plant, creating computerized labels is definitely the way to go.
    No computer? Then we’ll give you names of people to contact who can make labels for you. They’ll need from you all of the plant’s information and the number you will have of each. We want to make labeling as painless as possible and have it look as professional as we can. If you need labels made for your plants, please try to get your information to Dianne Johnsen (676-9315) on or before April 24. That will allow enough time for our team to print your labels and bring them to our May 1 meeting for you to take home.
    Labels need to be in the pots when they come to the sale. We learned  last year that it is too chaotic and inefficient to try to match labels with
plants when they are delivered to the sale site. Remember to bring along your photos or pictures from catalogs or websites that illustrate your plant in its full glory.
    If you can supply a reference book on sale day, that would also be a big help to our members who are answering questions.
    Boxes are needed in abundance, so start saving good ones. We will need your carts and wagons, too (we’ve never lost any!) and most
especially some of your time to help out on May 11 and 12.
    Please call me if you have any questions. My number is 827-4390.
Plant Label Instructions for PHGSC 2007 Plant Sale
Use Avery 8160 standard (or comparable) address labels (1” x 2 5/8”) and font size 9 to 11
Here’s how to mark your plant labels to give maximum information:
        Plant name (common and/or botanical)
        A for annual or P for perennial
        for sun, Sh for shade
            -   if you are using WORD, look in the “Insert>Symbol” menu for the sun symbol (character code 263C)
        Give height in approximate inches; width too if appropriate
        Give color of flower if known
         water – high water needs (WORD character code 2191)
         water – low water needs (WORD character code 2193)
        Any other tips such as ‘reseeds freely’, lovely scent (check in Sunset’s Western Gardening)

Photo you have taken of plant in bloom or a color picture from internet or catalog is very helpful.

Price not needed.

Label Examples:
Euphorbia characias wulfenii – 2’h x 3’w
Psun, ↓water
Lime green flowers, self seeds  
Nasturtium – trailing
A – Sun – reseeds
solft yellow flower 
Chrysanthemum parthenium “Golden feather” (Feverfew)
aka Tanacetum parthenium “Golden feather”
(and reseeds freely), 18”, small daisy flowers

☼ or light Sh
, ↓ water

General Map of Plant Sale Area

Full-Size Flier of the 2007Plant Sale (pdf)
Pictures from the 2006 Plant Sale (click here...)
Pictures from 2005 Plant Sale ... click here