Annual Herb Sale
-- a rite of Spring!
Since 1939, members of the Philadelphia Unit of The Herb Society of America have held an annual plant sale. Even after so many years, members today are just as excited as always. There are many reasons for our enthusiasm.
GROWING HERB PLANTS!
We delight in the greenhouse activity that consumes the three months prior to the sale date. Every day we meet there in groups of three. We water the seedlings, pinch back anything spindly, and keep a constant eye on the plants. We talk about our experiences growing herbs and name our favorites. Without exception, members try growing new herbs each year. The scent in a greenhouse full of herb plants is intoxicating! When the big day comes, we schlep the plants to the field.
PLANNING THE DAY
Generally, members try not to change too much about how the sale day goes, but we do tweak it. A few years ago we switched from mailing postcards to attendees to sending an e-mail. Recently we moved up the serving time of our luncheon; that way shoppers can sit, socialize, and enjoy a delicious brunch as soon as they are finished shopping.
TALKING TO OUR CUSTOMERS
Our herb sale customers are just as excited as Herb Society members. Every year we marvel as shoppers line up more than an hour before we open the gates. No matter what the weather, wet or dry, hot or cold, they line the country road. For so many, attending our herb sale is a rite of spring. Some folks report coming for DECADES! So our customers are just as nutty about herbs as we are.
The money raised from the herb sale is used to fund a scholarship program, create educational opportunities for gardeners, and support gardening organizations such as the US Arboretum in Washington DC.
Shop first, then relax under the tent.