Date(s) - 25/05/2015
12:00 - 16:00
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Rowledge Recreation Ground
LOCAL PLANTS FROM LOCAL GARDENS
After months of planning, planting, dividing, potting on and nurturing Rowledge Gardening Club came up trumps again at Rowledge Fayre. This was our third year of running a stall and was our best yet.
Diana and Graham Precious’ garden looked very much like a nursery in the week before the Fayre – many thanks to Diana for looking after the plants so well. A team of 6 priced the plants over the weekend which was no mean feat.
Our stall , this year bigger than ever took shape on the morning of 25th May with literally hundreds of plants being moved by wheel barrow ( what else?) across a busy road. Our “Caution Plants Crossing ” sign caused a few motorists to chuckle and Geoff Rose made a lovely Lolly Pop person.
Over at the stall we tried to group plants according to type but in the end had to settle for Perennials, Shrubs, Annuals and Vegetables . In addition this year we had a Childrens Corner around Daisy the Scarecrow who attracted a great deal of attention. Our line of wheel barrows marked the boundary of the stall. There was a fair wind blowing which meant that although our two gazebo’s stayed put we quickly had to take the canopy above the stall down.
Sales were very brisk even before the Fayre started and it was clear that we had returning customers who made a beeline for us having bought from us before. We continued to sell right up to the end of the Fayre before we transported the remaining plants ( again by wheelbarrow) to the Village Hall ready for our pop up sale at the village cafe “Coffee Spot” the following Friday.
Our plant crèche was really popular and in fact people who hadn’t bought plants at our stall were coming to us asking if they could leave their purchases with us!
This truly was a team effort where most members either grew, took cuttings or divided plants, helped on the day or visited the stall and bought plants! This is fantastic because the Fayre is our major fundraiser of the year and enables all club members to benefit from subsidised events and better speakers. Next Year we hope that even more members will get involved one way or another and we will be promoting this by reminding our members when it is best to divide plants and take cuttings and growing seeds for the stall. Keep an eye on this website for hints and tips on when to get started.