Annual Taking Root Plant Sale

2022 DATE TBA

  The sale will be held at the Topsham Fairgrounds in the Exhibition Hall

Each year the Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden (TSCG) hosts a plant sale thanks to the effort of dozens of volunteers. It’s not just about the plants you’ll find – it’s a wonderful day of celebration and meeting your community of local gardeners. Come join us! 

There are an array of perennials, biennials, herbs, vegetable seedlings, annual seedlings, heirloom variety plants, shrubs, small trees and vines available. There will be Master Gardeners, who will be on hand to help you choose the best options for your garden.

You can make a difference!
The Tom Settlemire Community Garden works with over 80 local families, puts on free gardening workshops for your community, and helps produce thousands of pounds of food each year for the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. And you can be part of the great work. Here’s how:

  1. Come to the plant sale! Proceeds benefit the Garden and you walk away with great supplies at great prices
  2. Volunteer at the sale (see info below)
  3. And/or donate some of the items below to make an even bigger impact in your community

**Disclaimer: Details are subject to change due to Covid-19. Any updates will be provided via this page.

DONATION INFORMATION

PLANT DONATIONS

After May 10th, deliver plants to the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, Maurice Drive. Place them behind the red shed in the designated area.

Needed plants include:

  • Hardy perennials and biennials for sun and shade including: variegated hostas, ferns, foxglove, grasses, unusual irises, echinacea, liatris and other sunny border bloomers.
  • Shrubs, small trees & vines
  • The more unusual the plant, the better!
  • 3-4 of each variety if possible
  • Minimum 4” pots or plugs of 4 or 6 per container

We cannot accept plants listed as invasive or potentially invasive by the State of Maine. Click HERE for more information and a list of plants.

HOW TO DONATE PLANTS

Plants should be dug and potted between 5/1 and 5/22

  • Dug plants should go into clean pots with bagged potting soil or screened compost.
  • Do not use garden soil, this will help prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • Keep plants watered and in dappled shade until delivery.
  • Label each pot with name of plant, height, color, and sun or shade so that we can easily add them to the inventory system.
  • After May 10th, deliver plants to TSCG, behind the red shed in the designated area.
  • If you have questions please email plantsale@btlt.org
If your donated plants come from an area impacted by Winter Moth infestation please follow these potting guidelines.
  1. Pot your plant in a sterilized pot. Three steps will make this easy– a water soak/bath, a scrub to remove dirty bits, and then a 3-4 sterilizing soak with a vinegar solution or a spritz with hydrogen peroxide.  Let dry in the sun. 

  2. Perennials, shrubs, and small trees must have their roots thoroughly rinsed and cleaned before potting. 

  3. Use bagged potting soil or screened compost for potting

Regardless of where/when you are delivering plants, when you know what you are donating please email plantsale@btlt.org  with “Plant Donation” in the subject line and include:

  • List of plants you will be donating with name, height, color, sun/shade
  • Number of each variety you will be donating

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Volunteers are a critical part of the success of the sale. We welcome help with potting plants at TSCG before the sale, and with help with setting up, taking down, or pitching in at the sale itself. It’s a great opportunity to be a part of the community.  Send an email to plantsale@btlt.org with “volunteer” in the subject line.