Perennial Plant Sale

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Plant Sale Flyer-2019

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Handouts from Plant Sale Meeting   updated for 2018

What You Bring To A Pot A Thon
Plant Sale Week Volunteer Guidelines
SEWMG Plant Sale Fund Raiser
Save the Dates 2018
Jumping Worms Procedure 

Pot-A-Thon Orientation


Managed Plant Listing for 2019

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Would You Like to Have a Potathon?  Do you have lots of plants in your yard?
Consider donating for next Year.

We’re always looking for new gardens for our “potathons”.  A crew of experienced master gardeners, guided by a member of the plant sale committee, would come to your garden and help you dig and divide your selected plants.  If you wonder if you have enough plants to merit a potathon, call or email Patty Witt, or if you have other questions, don’t hesitate to call or email any member of the Plant Sale Committee listed below.  We’d love to make a field trip to your garden.

Patty Witt,, 262-797-0719
Bill Shaffer,, 414-257-0299
Diane Thieme, 414-962-9892
Bonnie Paplham  414-425-1503
Larry Paplham  414-425-1503
Pat Adrian  262-560-9520
Sue Ratkowski  414-427-9105
Mark Pawlak   414-764-4651

Work Schedule and Pot-a-thon Schedule   2019

Help is always welcomed and needed. No sign up is required!

Throughout the Plant Sale Pot-a-thons and pre week, emails will be sent with current information and instructions for all activities.

Print a Copy —Pot-a-thon Schedule   2019

Pot-A-Thon Schedule 

Divide and pot plants and/or label pots.

Wednesday April 24, 2019  9:00am   Lunch will be provided.
Phil Mainwaring
W225S6534 Guthrie Drive
Waukesha, WI  53189

Friday April 26, 2019   9:00am
Judy Schmidt
7541 S. Mission Hills Ct.
Franklin, WI 53132

Saturday April 27, 2019   9:00 am  CANCELLED
Eble Park
Special Note:   Pot-A-Thon for Saturday April 27, 2019  CANCELLED DUE to WEATHER
Rescheduled for Tuesday April 30, 2019

Monday April 29, 2019   9:00 am
Loretta Peterson
13125 W. Graham Street
New Berlin, WI 53151

Tuesday April 30, 2019   9:00 am  Rescheduled from Saturday
Eble Park
19400 W. Bluemound Road

Wednesday May 1, 2019   9:00 am   Cancelled, Plants aren’t ready yet.
Karen Brey
W204N5420 Lannon Road
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Thursday May 2, 2019  9:00 am
Bernita Hile      (Lunch will be provided)
7777 W. Bonniwell Rd
Mequon, WI   53097

Friday May 3, 2019   9:00am
Polly Ferrara
1005 Sunset Drive
Delafield, WI  53018

Saturday May 4, 2019   9:00am
Firefly Ridge
County Grounds


Plant Sale Week —   Approximate Tasks and Schedule

Pre-Sale Week at State Fair park
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 9AM each day, we will be transporting plants to State Fair Park (behind the DNR building) and arranging them for the sale.  If you have some time (and ENERGY!) please come to help with the pre-sale prep activities.  No need to check in or call ahead.  Just stop in and see how the area is transformed into a sales display.  This week, we’ll need you RAIN OR SHINE.  Bring appropriate rain gear and boots depending on the weather.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  May 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2019   9:00am – 4:00pm 
We will work Monday thru Thursday  from 9 to about 4.  Friday hours are dependent upon our needs.  Please come when you can and leave when you must.  You must have your MGV pin or tag and should enter from the 84th Street entrance.  Turn right on Wetley Way inside the grounds and go south to DNR area parking.   Parking will be free at least through Thursday and probably Friday.  Lunch will be provided for you each day.  Monday is clean up and set up day, along with plant deliveries.  We will be pruning, checking labels and arranging by botanical name.  There are a variety of jobs to be done each day.  Dress for hard work and wear comfortable work shoes.

Pre-sale is Friday, May 17, 2019  from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
The pre-sale is a privilege open to MGVs who have paid their dues.   We ask that you not bring friends or family other than spouses or partners.  A list of available plants will be posted soon.    We are pleased to have a very nice selection of perennials.  We also have a wonderful selection of beautiful shrubs and trees this year.   Check our facebook page to see some of them.  (Facebook)  A silent auction will also be held at the pre-sale.

Sale Day — Saturday, May 18, 2019   8am to 1:30pm.
Parking will be $5.00 on Saturday unless you beat the parking staff to State Fair.  The gates open at 6:00am.  Generally, customers begin lining up for the sale around 6:30am.  If you plan to work the sale, you will need to be at the DNR area no later than 7am. for the volunteer meetings.  We need over 100 volunteers for the day.  T shirt distribution is first come, first served.  Seasoned volunteers will have one color, “newbies” will have a different color.  Snacks and drinks will be available while supplies last.  Jobs to be filled include: personal shoppers, specific plant advisors (hostas, natives, daylilies, shrubs, shade plants, sun plants, butterfly plants, etc.), plant sitters, sled distribution and collection, plant placement and moving, cashiers, talliers, special needs aides, “gophers”, crowd control, and more.   “New” volunteers will be paired with and mentored by seasoned MGVs.

Monday, May 20, 2019  is post sale/cleanup day. 
Plants are still for sale (no discounts), and garden chairs can get plants for their approved gardens.  If any plants remain they are donated.  The grounds need to be cleaned up and all supplies need to be moved back to storage.  Volunteers are needed for a couple hours that morning.

Let’s hope for a full week of sunny, dry, warm weather.  The plants need it and so do we!!!

Post Sale Meeting……   Date will be announced later.   What went well, what to change.


Read About Plant Sale Week  (By a Volunteer)


Donation Information

Plant Donation Form

2013 Plant donation list

2014 Plant donation list

2015 Plant donation list

2016 Plant donation list

2017 Plant donation list

2018 Plant donation list