The Hobart Group had great support to set up, sell, and put away after the sale on Saturday 13 October. The day was fine with very little, if any, breeze and people turned up early, so we were very busy from 9.00 to about 10.30am then a few stragglers until noon, so we packed away early saying: “If anyone comes before 1.00pm, they can select from the nursery.” No one came, maybe due to no sport and a fine sunny day.
We were delighted to sell a large bucket of beautiful flowers from Sue Newman’s garden to a lady who was going to put them in many vases for people (residents?) to enjoy. Takings were a bit less than from our April Plants Sale and not as high as last October due to fewer plants. We did sell many trays of plants and returned few to the nursery, so well done members who helped on the day. We enrolled 4 new members. We hope to see them at many of our activities.
The Hobart Group will work hard to prepare new species and old favourites for the next Plants Sale on Saturday 13 April 2019 from 9.00am to 1.00pm under the Sand Box Shelter, Hutchins Street side of the Kingston Primary School.
The Northern Group’s Plant sale, was another bumper one. Although it was a slightly smaller sale (51 trays) than our Autumn Sale (60 trays), it was as profitable because there were more large pots on offer. Again 1100 to 1200 plants were sold, mainly in the morning, with only 5 trays of plants left unsold. At times there were lengthy queues of buyers waiting to purchase, placing great pressure on the hard-working members running the sales desks.
Many plants were in flower but the outstanding feature was the Prostantheras. There were 7 different species of Prostanthera on sale, all in flower in varying shades of blue and mauve. Equally spectacular were the large number of Bauera sessiliflora (Grampians bauera), in flower. The nursery has decided to try and make those plants the centrepiece of the next Spring sale as they flower at exactly the right time.
With each sale, our publicity is reviewed and fine-tuned. This time besides the road-side signs, the ABC pre-sale interview and the listing in the Examiner’s gardeners’ diary column, the sale featured on the Group’s new Facebook page. The Group’s consensus is that the Community now eagerly awaits our sales.
Thank you to all who contributed.
The next Northern Group plants sale will be Saturday 6 April from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Max Fry Hall, Gorge Road, Trevallyn.
North West Group
The North West Group were very happy with the Port Sorell Spring Fair. After a few days of rain they had a beautiful sunny day. People were enjoying themselves sitting around and listening to a local singer and a brass band. They sold nearly all their plants quickly and felt there was more genuine interest in natives than before. Their presence at the fair is becoming known. There was much interest in their floral display and many people took pamphlets and free booklets.
They made large quantity of lovely posies. They all sold largely thanks to two enthusiastic members who walked around carrying them and sold the lot!
Other members who volunteered played important role in conveying enthusiasm and good humour all around.
The next North West Group Plants Sale will be held on Sunday 14 April from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the Tasmanian Arboretum, Old Tramway Road, Eugenana.