Texas Gardening forum: Ideas for Garden Clubs

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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Jun 2, 2011 6:31 AM CST
Sandy, I know you mentioned your club had a plant silent auction. How was it set up? Was there alot of organization involved?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 7, 2011 7:49 AM CST

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Just had sign up sheets in front of each item that was to be auctioned, and the contributor set a minimum bid at the top of the sheet. There was a set time for all the bidding to end. People just kept walking back to the items they were interested in to see if they needed to up their bids. Items were anything that was garden related....some new/some gently used.
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Jun 10, 2011 6:33 AM CST
Thanks! I will suggest it for one of our meetings.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 10, 2011 8:07 AM CST

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We also had a plant auction in conjunction with the silent auction. Members donated plants they either grew or bought to donate. We have a member who acts as the auctioneer...and makes it lots of fun. We bid against each other for the more exotic plants. Part of the money goes to the club's general fund, the rest is for our scholarship fund. We made a total of nearly $1300. from the two auctions combined!
This month we'll be going to one of our member's gorgeous garden for a tour, as well as one of her neighbor's that will be featured on Central TX Gardener later this year. Also there, another of our members will be teaching how to make ceramic pots, and I'll be demonstrating how to make large concrete leaves in the garden.
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Jun 10, 2011 5:20 PM CST
I want to join your club!
Was the silent auction plants as well as garden items or the plants were just part of the plant auction(weird sentence)
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 10, 2011 6:18 PM CST

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Weirder...I think I understood what you wrote.... Rolling on the floor laughing No plants were in the silent auction this time, but we have had them before. Silent auction items were gardening books, planters, bottles of wine, a certificate for a $250. tour of downtown Austin (for when your MIL visited and you wanted her out of the house!), lots of jewelry items, on and on....

I'll see if I still have the sheet for each item for bidding and post it....I'm still getting the newsletter ready to go for June.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
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Bubbles
Jun 10, 2011 7:46 PM CST

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Here you go Anna.....the bid sheet...

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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Jun 12, 2011 5:30 PM CST
Thanks Sandy. We have a silent auction at our holiday luncheon...but b/c it is Dec there are never plants and it tends to be Christmas stuff...really , do we need more stuff? Only stuff that grows or related! Thumbs up
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
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Bubbles
Jun 12, 2011 8:45 PM CST

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Can't you plan a silent auction for a summer mtg? It could be in conjunction with the regular mtg. you could bring seeds, plants, cuttings, pots, books and gardening magazines. i wish I could rmember all the thhings we had for the silent auction. There were tables and tables. And it's pure profit for the club....
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Jun 13, 2011 8:22 PM CST
YES!. I will definitely suggest it for one of the meeting.I know I would really enjoy it as would the other gardeners.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
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Bubbles
Jun 16, 2011 10:24 AM CST

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Here's an idea... DH copied the logo off the newsletter, colored it, copied it to iron-on transfer paper, and I ironed it on to aprons for the garden party on the 26th.

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