Doing the Sale
Going through the Sale
NOTE: This description is based on the 2021 sale. It will be updated by December for the 2022 sale.
Maintain 6' of distance and keep your mask over your nose and mouth at all times as you go through the sale. The aisles are 2.5 times as wide as usual and the number of shoppers will be one-quarter as many as usual or less.
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.
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. 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 more than ever (perhaps from a past year). Some shoppers find plastic storage bins work really well because they can be stacked.
If possible this year! Bring your own pencil and clipboard.
Finding the Plants You’re Looking for
In the sale, 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 Unusual and Rare Plants.
Plant listings that give the pot size as "bulb," "bareroot" or "seed packet" this year are for sale online instead of at the sale. They must be purchased ahead of time.
The Find Plants section of the site is great for searching ahead of time for plants that meet your needs. For instance, you can ask it to show you all the native flowers that are no more than 36" tall with yellow flowers that are good for bees and grow in part sun/part shade, or all the pink perennials with interesting foliage. Check it out when you're making your list!
We will restock almost all plants every morning to even out access throughout the sale. Basically, if the plant comes in a pot 4.5" or smaller, it will be restocked each day through Saturday. Exceptions: Most of the shrubs and trees (including fruit trees and the peonies) that come in larger pots (1 gallon, 2, gallon, 3 gallon) will be put in place at the beginning of the sale. Also, we do not restock for the Sunday discount sale.