Connecticut Horticultural Society

Connecticut Horticultural Society

Auction

Fall Plant Sale and Auction: Friday September 26, 2014

Fall is for planting.  We have all heard that and I am here to suggest the perfect place for you to get rare and not so rare plants for your garden – The CHS Fall Auction.
Come join the fun at the CHS Fall Auction and Plant Sale, Friday, September 26, at TAC (Tolland County Agriculture Center) in Vernon, CT. 
We can anticipate  education and amusement  from our fabulous auctioneers who will likely include Adam Wheeler and Chris Koppel from Broken Arrow, John O’Brien from O’Brien Nursery men, and Kevin Wilcox of Sliver Spring Nursery. We are still working on a surprise guest.  Those nurseries, as well as others will be bringing their top quality and unusual plants for us to covet. Many  nurseries contribute to the “loot”, plus our members will be bringing great plants for both the auction and the sale tables.

Bringing donations early helps a lot.  Someone will be at the TAC by 4:30 p.m. to accept plants and set up. If you would like help getting your plants etc. to the auction, please let us know. The plant table viewing will be at 6:30 p.m. with the sale beginning promptly at 7 p.m.  The auction will begin at 7:15 p.m. 

Please let us know if you can help with the auction.  We need volunteers with knowledge in perennials, houseplants, tropicals, shrubs, and/or trees to help tag donations from 4:30-6:45 p.m. We need runners to deliver plants to bidders. If you can be there at 4:30 and would like to help set up tables and chairs, please jump right in.  We also can use help for about 15 minutes after the auction to clean up.

In addition to the essential role of purchaser, you can help out in a myriad of ways. You can ask your local, favorite nursery to contribute. You can bring plants from your garden. . Donations are tax deductible and we can provide a receipt for your/their records. It helps if there is a list of donated material with the donors name and address. 
Click this link to see the list of nurseries that need contacting. Best to do that in 2 steps go and present the request and then go back to actually collect the material as often the person who will make the decision will not be available the first time you visit. Email me with the nursery(ies) that you will visit.

There will also be a list of jobs and volunteers(click here). Think about that as well and also email.
To volunteer or for more information please call Leslie at 860-747-8175.   You can also email Leslie at selchie1@comcast.net
Directions to TAC -
The Tolland Agricultural Center (TAC) is off I -84 in Vernon. Take exit 67 - From 84 eastbound - turn left off the exit   or from 84 westbound turn right.    At first traffic light turn right onto Rt. 30 (Hyde Ave.) The center is on the right just past the Rockville Bank.

CHS SPRING Auction & Plant Sale

Come join the fun at the CHS FallSpring Auction and Plant Sale, Friday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at TAC (Tolland County Agriculture Center) in Vernon. The evening will be educational thanks to the commentary of our knowledgeable nursery professional auctioneer including Kevin Wilcox of Silver Spring Nursery, John O’Brien of O’Brien Nurserymen, and  special guests. They are as smart as they are entertaining and  we 'll laugh as much as we learn.     *All proceeds contribute to the fund that provides scholarships to UConn and NVCC horticultural students.

The plant table viewing will be at 6:30 p.m. with the sale beginning promptly at 7 p.m. The auction will begin at 7:15 p.m. considering a plant donation, be selective. The bestselling items are usually hard-to-find and named cultivars, and unusual or one of-a-kind plants.

Donating?   Please mark your donations with as much information as possible (name, color, height, width, bloom time and zone). Donations are tax deductible and we can provide a receipt if you give us a list . 

*Don’t forget to ask your favorite nursery to donate.List the donated material with the donors name and address.

Bringing donations early is helpful. Someone will be at the TAC by 4:30 p.m. to accept plants and set up. If you need help getting your plants etc. to the auction, call.

Please let us know if you can help !  We need volunteers:                                                                                              Set-up: 4:30-5 pm: 6  people : help set up tables and chairs                                                                                          Taggers: 4:30-6:45; 3 - 4 people : with knowledge in perennials, houseplants, tropicals, shrubs, and/or trees to help tag donations.                                                                                                                                                                                            Runners: 3-4  to deliver plants to bidders.                                                                                                                                          Recorders:  2 :  write down ' winning' prices for the items. 

To volunteer or for more information please call Leslie at 860-747-8175 You can also email: Leslie at selchie1@comcast.net
Directions: TAC is off I -84 in Vernon. Take exit 67 (from 84 eastbound, turn left off the exit; from 84 westbound, turn right). At first traffic light turn right onto Rt. 30 (Hyde Ave.) The center is on the right just past the Rockville Bank.

Spring Plant Auction May 2, 2014 7 p.m.Tolland Ag Center, Vernon

The proceeds from CHS plant auctions in the spring and fall help support annual scholarships for horticulture students at the University of Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College.

Preparing for the 2014 Spring Plant Auction
by Leslie Shields

As the spring plant auction approaches and you start to dig plantlets from your garden and solicit them from neighborhood nurseries, please consider the following:

* Please prepare donations early so they can adjust to life in their pots. Notice I said “pots.” Problems can arise when plants arrive in paper cups, plastic bags and food containers. One difficulty is that the plant does not look like it is worth much. Also, there is a greater chance that soil will be spilled. We do not want to wear out our welcome at the Tolland County Agricultural Center in Vernon, where the auction will be held.

* Resist the urge to make small divisions. A couple of substantial plants will bring higher prices than many small ones. If you find yourself with lots of babies of a particular garden plant, perhaps you are not alone. Such a plant may not easily find a home.

* Think creatively. The auction is the Friday before Mother’s Day, which is an opportunity to make something special of donations. Consider giving your plants a nice container or basket or any treatment that might transform it into a gift. Judy King, a frequent donor of plants from her Farmington garden, led us in that direction with several treasures that sold well last spring. It would be lovely to have some unique items this spring.

* Ask your local nursery to donate to the auction. Remind nursery owners that donations are tax deductible and a good way to advertise to our members. Get or create a list of donated plants along with the nursery’s name and address so it can receive the proper credit.

* Pitch in. We always need volunteers to help set up and take down chairs and tables, receive, mark and display the plants, deliver plants to bidders, and clean up. Doors open at 5 p.m. for volunteers.

* If you are donating plants, plan to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. Please provide a list of your donated plants, along with your name and address.

* Most important, join us at the auction and help grow the CHS scholarship fund that supports horticultural students at the University of Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College.

Spring Plant Auction

The proceeds from CHS plant auctions in the spring and fall help support annual scholarships for horticulture students at the University of Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College.

Preparing for the 2014 Spring Plant Auction

by Leslie Shields

As the spring plant auction and sale approaches, I’d like to pass along the following requests and suggestions:

* Please prepare donations early so they can adjust to life in their pots. Notice I said “pots.” Problems can arise when plants arrive in paper cups, plastic bags and food containers. One difficulty is that the plant does not look like it is worth much. Also, there is a greater chance that soil will be spilled. We do not want to wear out our welcome at the Tolland County Agricultural Center in Vernon, where the auction will be held.

* Resist the urge to make small divisions. A couple of substantial plants will bring higher prices than many small ones. If you find yourself with lots of babies of a particular garden plant, perhaps you are not alone. Such a plant may not easily find a home.

* Think creatively. The auction is the Friday before Mother’s Day, which is an opportunity to make something special of donations. Consider giving your plants a nice container or basket or any treatment that might transform it into a gift. Judy King, a frequent donor of plants from her Farmington garden, led us in that direction with several treasures that sold well last spring. It would be lovely to have some unique items this spring.

* Ask your local nursery to donate to the auction. Remind nursery owners that donations are tax deductible and a good way to advertise to our members. Get or create a list of donated plants along with the nursery’s name and address so it can receive the proper credit.

* Pitch in. We always need volunteers to help set up and take down chairs and tables, receive, mark and display the plants, deliver plants to bidders, and clean up. Doors open at 5 p.m. for volunteers.

* If you are donating plants, plan to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. Please provide a list of your donated plants, along with your name and address.

* Most important, join us at the auction and help grow the CHS scholarship fund that supports horticultural students at the University of Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College.