Work on our main fundraising activity, the annual plant sale, is going well. At last count, volunteers have potted up 4500 plants. What makes this remarkable, is the threat of the invasive Asian Jumping worm in our area has added to the work load. Plant sale committee chair, Linda Juech, has developed a modified protocol for potting to reassure the customers that they will not be bringing home any freeloaders (Crazy worms) in the plants they purchase at the sale. Linda has worked with Angie Curtes to create a recipe for the potting soil that is free of worm cocoons. Rinsing the roots of donated plants is the time consuming but crucial step in the new process. Volunteers have been conscientious and diligent to implement the new steps.
There is still time to donate plants for the sale. If you are dividing perennials or have native plants to spare, they are appreciated. It is best if they can be dropped off bare root on the potting days (Tuesdays and Thursdays). If you have questions about plants to donate, contact Julie Romagnoli.
All of the plant sale prep work depends on volunteers. Volunteer coordinator Mary Ellen Fitts is the person to contact if you would like to join the fun. Hundreds more plants need to be potted before the sale on May 13. Volunteers are also needed for the day of sale.
Lac Lawrann’s 30th Annual Wildflower and Perennial sale takes place on Saturday, May 13 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Conservancy on Schmidt Road. There is a members only presale on Friday afternoon, May 12 from 3 – 6 pm.