Perennial Plant Sale

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Plant Sale Flyer 2017 

For more information about the Plant Sale
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Handouts from Plant Sale Meeting March 14, 2017

What You Bring To A Pot A Thon
Plant Sale Week Volunteer Guidelines

Pot-A-Thon Orientation


Plant Listing ‘Encouraged’ 2016

Managed Plant Listing for 2016

Jumping Worm Alert  For Donations

Jumping Worms are a big concern for SEWMG this year as we don’t want to spread them throughout our counties.  Therefore, anyone bringing plants to a potathon location must have them bare root.  Absolutely NO SOIL, so please wash them off and deliver in plastic bags with your name and the name of the plant.

The plant sale committee would like to thank you in advance for taking this precaution.  These worms are nasty and we don’t want to spread them.  Please read the below file regarding these ‘Jumping Worms’.

Click for Jumping Worms Information

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

Scheduled Tasks and Activities Necessary for Plant Sale Success

Work Schedule and Pot-a-thon Schedule   2017

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.

April 3, 2017   9:00 am – Storage Unit Workday at 11122 W Lincoln Ave., West Allis WI.
The unit will be cleaned, supplies counted and the trailer configured for hauling to pot-a-thons.

April 10, 2017 8:00 am – Carlin Pick up and Distribute Day.
Supplies will be picked up at Carlin Supplies, 8170 N Grandville Woods Road, Milwaukee WI,
loaded on trucks and taken to scheduled pot-a-thons.

Pot-a-thon Schedule   2017

Divide and pot plants and/or label pots.

Click Here to Print a Copy of the Pot A Thon Schedule as of 4-29-17

Thursday April 20, 2017  9:00am
Bonnie Paplham
7927 West Bur Oak Drive
Franklin,   WI  53132

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am
Patty Witt     (lunch will be served)
16508 W Melody Ct
New Berlin,  WI  53151

Monday April 24, 2017 9:00am
Diane Sacks
14425 Westover Road
Elm Grove, WI 53122-1634

Wednesday April 26, 2017  9:00am
Pat Adrian

(Car pool if possible)
1301 Thomas Trail
Oconomowoc, WI 53066-4264

Friday April 28, 2017 9:00am
Eble Park
19400 W Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI.

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am  
Eble Park
19400 W Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI.

Monday May 1, 2017 9:00am   Cancelled
Reschedule for Saturday May 6, 2019
Eble Park
19400 W Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI.

Wednesday May 3, 2017  9:00am
Sue Ratkowski
6192 S 121st Street
Hales Corners,  WI  53130

Friday May 5, 2017  9:00am
LoRayne Schmitt & Marilynn Cech
W325N1167 Lapham Peak Rd
Delafield,  WI  5018

Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am
Rescheduled from last Monday
Eble Park
19400 W Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI.

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 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2017   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 19, 2017  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 20, 2017   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 22, 2017  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.


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