Like almost everything else, the details of this year’s native plant sale are up in the air due to the ongoing threat from COVID-19. We hope to hold a sale on June 27 even if we have to offer curbside pickup for pre-sales only. A tentative native plant workshop on June 20, too, is subject to change. Our staff is working remotely except our nursery manager and plant guru Michele who, without the help of volunteers, is making sure your plants are ready in June.
We're very excited about some new offerings we've been able to grow for you! Add paw paw, wild hydrangea, American germander, wild geranium, slender foxglove and purple love grass to your habitat this year.
Our native plant sale is our most important fundraiser. Each sale is actually a non-exempt donation to our habitat restoration work, both here at Mount St. John and around the region. We understand that other worthy organizations may take priority for your charitable dollars this year, and that your income may be limited because of the Coronavirus. We expect sales to decrease if people can’t shop in person. We are prepared to issue digital invoices that can be paid online for most sales as a safer alternative to checks or cash, and a percent of each transaction will go to fees. This is a daunting outlook for a small organization; we will not, however, raise our prices.
Regardless of your ability to support the sale this year, you can help by sharing this catalog, directing people who may be interested to our website (https://meec.center) and sharing the sale on social media. Increasing our customer base with your help is our best chance to weather this storm.
If you’re able, place a pre-order for native plants and we’ll be in touch about next steps in a few weeks. Please make sure your Friends of MEEC membership is up to date or consider joining. We are confident in the generosity of this community, and look forward to being able once again to offer in-person programs, retreats and special events. Most especially, we anticipate an autumn celebration of the completion of the conservation easement on the Marianist Nature Preserve at Mount St. John.
There are two versions of our order form available for download. One is a simple PDF that can be printed, filled out, scanned or photographed, and emailed back. The other is a fillable PDF. Save the blank form to your computer with a new name, open it from your hard drive, fill it out, save it, and attach it to an email. If your order is simple, an email with a list of what you want reserved will suffice. We’ll confirm receipt of your order by email, and as we get closer to the tentative sale date we’ll be back in touch to confirm final plant availability and provide online payment instructions. As always, orders will be filled in the order in which they are received.