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Taking Root Plant Sale Another Springtime Success!

Saturday June 4th, we hosted our annual Taking Root Plant Sale at the Topsham Fairground’s Exhibition Hall. Folks began to line-up around 8:15 am to get first dibs on the selection of over 2,000 plants available for purchase. The variety this year was stunning with dozens of categories to choose from including perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetable seedlings, trees, shrubs, flowers, shade, sun, and more!

This Plant Sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year and covers the day-to-day operating expenses for the Tom Settlemire Community Garden (TSCG), which includes 80 plots for community members, the Common Good Garden where volunteers grow tons of food for Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, as well as several community partnerships and research efforts.

The Plant Sale is run by an amazing lead team who start their planning for next year just weeks after the Sale. They oversee each aspect, from dividing and growing plants at TSCG, to bringing in and preparing donations from the community, to managing site logistics, volunteers, and so much more. In addition to that, dozens of volunteers coordinate major areas of the sale – everything from parking to sales to trees and shrubs. Dozens more volunteers help on the days, and even months, leading up to and on the day of the sale helping care for, move and tag plants, direct traffic, help with check-out, and assist customers pick out just the right plants for their yard. It’s really an amazing experience when you realize that essentially every aspect was coordinated and completed by a volunteer!

So, BTLT wants to say THANK YOU – to the community members that donated plants, to the community members that came to purchase plants, AND to the community members who have volunteered so many hours to bring the two together.

And to everyone that joined us last Saturday: Thank you! Your efforts resulted in roughly $13,000 raised for the Tom Settlemire Community Garden.

So many generous folks contributed to make this success:

  • All the volunteer committee chairs and their crews
  • Bath Garden Club
  • Big Top Deli
  • Butchers and Bakers
  • Coast of Maine Organic Products
  • Hannaford
  • Little Dog Coffee Shop
  • Marebrook Farm
  • Medomak Valley Highschool Horticulture Program
  • Moose Crossing
  • Portland Radio Group
  • Portland Pie
  • SweetFern Garden Design
  • UMaine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners
  • Urban Garden Center, Topsham
  • Warmings Market
  • WCME
  • Whatley Farm
  • Each and every wonderful volunteer who helped along the way
  • And of course our loyal customers who came and purchased plants!

We hope this sincere thank you reaches everyone who helped. We’ve already begun planning next year’s sale and as always hope to improve it based on our experience and folk’s observations and suggestions.

11th Annual Taking Root Plant Sale

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  • June 4, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Get your gardening started with us at the Taking Root Plant Sale! Saturday June 4th from 9:00am – 1:00pm Topsham Fairgrounds – Exhibition Hall Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Each year, the Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden (TSCG) hosts a plant sale thanks to the effort of dozens of volunteers. The proceeds (more…)

Taking Root Blossoms BIG

The return of the Taking Root Plant Sale this spring (after a Covid hiatus in 2020) was a huge success, breaking records both for number of plants sold and funds raised. This fundraiser is the Land Trust’s biggest fundraiser of the year and covers all of the day-to-day operating expenses for our Tom Settlemire Community Garden (TSCG), which includes 80 plots for community members, a large area where volunteers grow food for the clients of Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, as well as several community partnerships and research efforts.

Last Saturday morning, there were over 2,000 beautiful plants filling the Exhibition Hall at the Topsham Fairgrounds, and in just a few short hours all but about 75 of them were gone. Hundreds of community members came to the sale, with the checkout line extending through the hall by around 10 am.

But really, the most wonderful part of the morning, was the HUGE outpouring of volunteer support.

The sale is run by an amazing lead team who start their planning for next year just weeks after the sale. They oversee every aspect of the sale, from dividing and growing plants at TSCG, to bringing in and preparing donations from the community, to managing site logistics, volunteers, and so very much more. In addition to that, dozens of volunteers coordinate major areas of the sale – everything from parking to sales to trees and shrubs.

In the days leading up to the sale and on the day of, dozens more volunteers show up to move plants, set up tables, direct traffic, and the list goes on. Arriving at the sale in a crowded parking lot baking in the hot sun, visitors were greeted by smiling faces helping them find their way. The hall sported “plant experts” in yellow aprons helping buyers chose just the right plants for their yard. As you left the hall with a tray laden with plants, volunteers literally vied with one another to help you check out, while others pressed offers of help with carrying, and wagons for your load.

It’s really an amazing experience, especially when you realize that essentially every aspect was coordinated and completed by a volunteer, and every smiling face helping you with your purchase was a volunteer.

So, BTLT wants to say THANK YOU – to the community members that donated plants, to the community members that came to purchase plants, AND to the community members who have volunteered so many hours to bring the two together.

The sale isn’t “complete” when the hall is emptied, or all those roots are settled into soil. There are ripple effects that just go on and on, as the funds raised are able to support so much good at TSCG. For that we are particularly grateful.

*Photos by Burke Long

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