Doing the Sale
Going through the Sale
Keep track of your purchases as you go through the sale. You can pick up a shopping list form at the door, or if you like to plan ahead, search plants on our website and save them to your My Plant List, then print out your list and bring it along. You can also hand write your list ahead of time on our downloadable form (pdf, 12K). If you bring a list with you, you can cross out anything you don’t buy or change the quantity to your actual purchase as you go through the sale. (Bring a pen or pencil, or pick one up at the door.)
We strongly recommend bringing your own cart or wagon to carry your plants. There are some shopping carts available at the sale, but they are in constant use. If you bring a wagon, please label it somehow so it doesn’t get mixed up with someone else’s; and don’t leave your wagon unattended. We love creative carts, but be sure to think about how your cart will function in a crowd. We can’t allow any sleds, or wagons that are connected together like a train, because they’re hazardous to other shoppers. Here are some ideas from your fellow shoppers.
We encourage you to bring your own flats or trays (perhaps from a past year) to save on waste, although we do have box flats available.
Finding the Plants You’re Looking for
In the Grandstand, the catalog numbers are your best means of locating the plants. Each category (such as Annuals or Perennials) has a letter to begin its catalog numbers (G for Grasses, H for Herbs). Remember — the numbers are assigned alphabetically by the common name we give the plants (for instance, Hollyhock, French, rather than French Hollyhock). Plants beginning with U are in the Unusual and Rare Plants booth.
Catalog listings for Perennials that list the pot size as "bulb" or "bareroot" can be found on the Bulbs & Bareroots shelves OUTSIDE under the big ramp, between where the Fruit ends and the Shrubs and Trees start. These include perennials like lilies, daylilies and others. All bulbs and bareroots are prebagged to expedite your shopping.
If you know the common or botanical (Latin) name of a plant, you can search it on the website or use the catalog index, pages 58 and 59, to find it in the catalog.
New to the sale? Here are some tips from an experienced shopper.