Planning and advertising
You need to plan and advertise your event well in advance.
Timing depends on many factors – not least where you live in the world. Late spring / early summer is generally best.
Choosing a venue
Your sale can take place in a hall or social club. They are always much nicer, however, out of doors. Perhaps you can use a school playing field or village green.
Another idea is to use someone’s garden or allotment. Sometimes it is possible to combine allowing visitors to look around a particularly fabulous garden (for a small charge) with your sale.
Would you be better off with a stall at someone else’s event?
If you can’t arrange an entire sale why not piggyback on something else such as a village fete. Another option might be collecting plant donations for a stall at a market or car boot sale.
Selling the plants
This can be organized in various ways. You may wish to simply have everything laid out together.
Or you might allow everyone to be responsible for selling what they have brought along on their own little stall.
Although we want to raise as much money as much as possible be realistic about your pricing – keep it fun and friendly. Picking up a bargain tray of bedding plants grown by that green-fingered lady at the end of your road is what its all about.
Maybe a plant swap fundraiser is a better idea?
If you do things this way you simply charge an entrance fee and then allow people to make their own deals. Similarly seed swaps are popular.
Invite an expert
Another good source for a local garden expert is your local radio station many of whom have a garden show. Could you get them to come along?