Plant Sale

Annual Plant Sale
General Public Information

NWHS Spring Plant Sale

Saturday May 4th, 10 am to 2 pm
St Thomas More Collegiate - 7450 12th Avenue Burnaby
Out front under the overhang, enter parking lot off Kingsway at 12th Ave.

We will have a wonderful variety of shady and sunny perennials. Vegetable seedlings include tomatoes.

New Westminster Horticultural Society Plant Sale

Information for Members


The Spring Plant sale is our main fundraiser of the year.  We, the club members, are the active participants and the beneficiaries of the effort.  We reap what we sell. Please either donate, buy or both!!

Potting: Hopefully while you have been doing your spring garden clean-up you have been dividing and potting up as well.  Ideally it should be at least 3 weeks before the sale. (Which is now!)  If herbaceous, you want them potted before the top growth becomes lush.  We want the roots to grow in the pots before the tops take off. Even if not herbaceous, if you get them into pots the roots will grow during these cooler times. Top growth will then have a good support system when it grows when the weather warms.  Don’t compress the roots horizontally in the pot.  Try to hold them vertical while you add the soil.  This will enable new roots to grow faster and stronger.  Remember – No Invasive type plants.  If you don’t want it in your garden, we should not be selling it!

Caring for: Water well after planting and then regularly to ensure they don’t dry out.  Be extra diligent if the weather heats up.  Keep/hold your potted plants, especially Hosta, in a warm sunny spot – Yes even shade plants. Hopefully,
it will get those leaves to appear.  Just before sale time, take a critical look at your plants.  Snip any discoloured leaves off at their bases so there is no indication they were ever there.  Clip off brown leaf tips. Once the plants are potted, the next step (besides nurturing them) is creating a Plant label/Tag and price for each pot.  Please also send Terry or Audrey a list of plants you will be donating as Audrey has a large stock of photos of plants at maturity to be inserted in pots.  

Pots & labels: If you need pots or labels, they can be picked up at Audrey’s at 117 Seventh Ave. New West. Give her a call (before 6pm) or email first before you drop over.  Some things are hidden.  If you need a large quantity of labels, please give her a couple of days’ notice.  Contact Audrey before 6pm or by email.

Plant Labels: Every plant must have its own label.  Put as much information as you can on the plant tag.  Sun exposure, size (height & spread), flower/fruit/foliage colour. Each little bit adds to the desirability of your plant.  We use recycled cut up vinyl 1” venetian blinds.  Write the plant info on the outside curve of the tag. It is preferable to reserve the inside curve for the price.  All plants must be tagged & priced prior to arrival at the sale.  Use a pencil (HB or softer) to write the info on the label.
Pricing: Along with this info sheet are the 2024 Pricing Guidelines with some helpful hints & other info. It will aid you in what we think our plants will sell at.  If everyone follows it, our pricing should be relatively consistent.  All prices must be multiples of 50¢.  If you need assistance, consult Sharon at least a week before the sale.  We suggest holding off on pricing until the final week before the sale so you can evaluate your plants.   Use a Sharpie to put price on back of plant label so it is clearly visible and stands out.
Boxes: We need boxes/flats for our customers to take home their treasures.  Deliver Friday or Saturday to the sale. 
Publicity: Small ¼ page size to handout to your friends, co-workers were available at April’s meeting, and we will have again at the May meeting.  Letter size are also available if you have a good spot to post them.   Audrey will have them also at the May meeting.  Just let her know where you will be putting them.   There may still be a couple of lawn signs available if you are in a high foot traffic area.  Contact Audrey about those.
Plant Delivery: Deliver Friday May 3rd to St. Thomas More under the overhang at the front from 4-6pm.
Volunteers: If you haven’t signed up to volunteer on Sale Day yet – Please contact Carole Forsythe ( as she may have one or two needed spots available. Trucks will be needed for plant & equipment transfer before and after the sale.
Questions: Contact Terry Koziel or Terri Clark-Kveton

Sale Day Opportunities:

Sign-up to reserve your place to join the Sale Day Fun. We will be selling NWHS as well as selling plants. Shifts are 2 to 2.5 hours long. Sign-up to help with morning set-up, selling or afternoon take-down—or to stay all day. Terry Koziel and Terri Clark-Kveton are sale-day managers. They will gladly answer any questions.

Contact Terry Koziel at to Volunteer

Arriving for your Shift Sale Day: Please check in with your section lead. They will advise you as to what your tasks will be

See you at the sale - May 4

Plant Sale Poster

Do you want to print this poster to distribute?
Click the link below for the poster

Plant Sale Poster Single New Westminster Horticultural Society Plant Sale

Other Local Plant Sales

Listed below are just a few of the local plant sales. Please check our online calendar for more plant sales and gardening events.

From Our Garden Plant Sale Table

The From Our Gardens Plant Sale table continues. I encourage members to donate to the table.

As of April 2013 we have added a new feature at our meetings.
This month marks the official debut of the “From Our Gardens” Sale Table.
“Mutual sharing of things horticultural” is fundamental to the existence of NWHS. There is no better way to support that basic club mission than for all of us to pot-up desirable plants from our gardens and bring them to sell to other members at the meetings.
At the same time, you will be helping to eliminate some of the budget deficit that resulted from the demise of our huge annual plant sale.
Someone asked: “What about good garden tools?” Gently used garden tools would be a great addition to the sale table.
Simple guidelines:

  • Pot-up desirable healthy plants from your garden.
  • Label each pot—a simple label will do.
  • Bring the plants (or tools) to Centennial Lodge early, before the start of the meeting. Deliver them to the person in charge of the sale table.
  • We will price the plants.
  • When you shop, be generous. Our prices are the suggested minimum.
  • There will be a clip-board for you to list any plants you plan to donate at future meetings. To enhance organization of the sale table, please utilize it.


7:00 pm Meeting begins - Club business
7:30 pm Tea/Refreshments
7:45 pm Draw
9:30 pm Meeting ends

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