Be a helper, bring some, find some! Your newly potted plants help us thrive
By Mandy Bloom
Hello All. I’m Mandy Bloom and I will be the primary contact for the plant sale and auction during our annual meeting. The plant sale and auction serves two important goals: 1) new plants for you and 2) funding to help the Society continue their mission “to promote the enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina’s native plants and their habitats through education, protection, cultivation, and advocacy.” It’s a win-win.
During the event, you will have a great opportunity to add new plants to your personal collections. Before then, I need your help. Spring is coming soon, and if you are anything like me you are beginning to see seedlings sprouting and are looking towards dividing and moving plants within your beds. Here’s where you can be of great help. As you come across “extra” plants that need a new home, because they have outgrown their garden beds, please consider potting them up (plain nursery-style pots are best) to be donated for the plant sale.
Each Pot Gets Its Own ID Label
Label your plants as you pot them. Individual pots are required to be labeled with the plant’s common name/botanical name. Also, make sure each individual pot, not just the tray,has its own label. If you are feeling extra generous, please consider contributing unusual or specialty natives for the auction.
One last request (I promise), If you are planning on bringing plants for the sale and/or auction, please reach out via email. I am trying to get an idea of what to expect for the day-of. If you know what you’re planning to bring please send me a list. If you know you are going to bring “something”, but don’t know what that “something” is yet, that’s okay, please let me know that as well.
Mandy Boom is a lifelong nature enthusiast, a professional environmental scientist, wife to an equally plant loving husband, and the mother of two awesome kids, a dog, a ball python, and numerous seedlings. She resides in Gaston County, centrally located between her carnivorous bog and her greenhouse.