May 18: Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale From David Mitchell:
The May plant sale will return to the Ithaca High School (1401 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, New York 14850) on May 18. Sale hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Set up is Friday around 4 p.m. to 7p.m. and Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Arrive early Saturday to drop off plants and help complete the setup. Our booth will be located indoors, probably in the gym.
This year we’re asking volunteers to sign up fortime slots before the sale. Though this is not a requirement to volunteer, it helps us spread the workload. Advance praise for the following members who have volunteered to help with the sale: Carol Eichler, Joan Lawrence, BZ Marranca, Nari Mistry, Marcia Meigs, Susanne Lipari, John Gilrein, Mary Stauble, Jayne Port, Joan Hermann, and Terry Humphries. Contact me if you're willing to volunteer an hour or two. We need Friday set-up help, final Saturday set-up(8-9), sales people every hour (especially the 9-10 rush), and clean-up at 2.
Remember to pot your plants in soilless mix and to label them in advance (Latin name preferred). I have labels and pots of various sizes if you need them.
My driveway is available for drop offs any time before the day of the sale if you can’t make it to the high school Friday or Saturday morning. The driveway is on the Washington Street side of the corner of Washington and Esty Streets (402 Esty Street). My phone number is (607) 342-3660 should you have any questions about the sale. Tompkins County Cooperative Extension can be reached at (607) 272-2292 or visit the plant sale website. . Tip #1: members receive a 25% discount on their purchases from our table. Since our membership runs the calendar year, you may not have renewed yet (or joined for the first time) this year. Membership forms will be available so you may do so at the time of your purchase.
Tip #2: the Master Gardeners will have about 50 pots of double bloodroots, from Pat Curran's garden, for sale.
Tip #3: Visitors are encouraged to bring carts or wagons to aid in transporting their plant purchases to their cars.