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Volunteers Needed for Landis Fall Plant Sale

Written By Editor on 8/18/21 | 8/18/21

We really can use your help!

Check out all the things you could do before,
during, and after the sale.

NEWS FLASH! People LOVE our baked goods - so much so that we ran out on Saturday. If you possibly can, please consider making something (or more than one something) luscious for the bake sale. See below for more information.

Preparing for the Sale
It takes a lot of work to get ready for a plant sale. We have to spruce the place up, get all the tables and tents set up, and of course, unload all the consignors' trucks and price member plant donations. We need folks on Friday, September 10 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. For more detailed information on Thursday volunteering, contact us at

During the Sale 
Of course, there is lots to do during the sale (Friday for POPS and Saturday and Sunday for the general public sale) - everything from helping people find parking spots to writing up sales tickets, to promoting new or renewed memberships, to watering plants, to providing expert  advice , to serving as cashier, to helping with the bake sale (check below if you're a baker - we need you and your goodies!) - Whew!! Who knew it took so much to make a sale great?  
After the Sale
We also need people on Monday morning, May 17, for 2 to 3 hours to help load consignors' trucks and store everything away until next year! 

There's a list of jobs below , with some explanation . . .

Please email to let us know how you can help. If you are interested in baking, send your email to Bake Sale organizer Chandra Burkhart at  or call the Arb at (518) 875-6935. Read more about baking for the bake sale below in the task list.

Please note that due to COVID-19 mitigation practices we must follow, we are unable to offer the usual lunch for volunteers, but will have bottled water, oranges, and packaged snack bars. We encourage you to bring your own lunch.
Thank you for all you do!  And please know in advance - 
If you have an abundance of plants, pot some up a couple of weeks in advance of the sale.  You can bring them anytime in the week before the sale. Please use a good potting soil and label them to the best of your knowledge with at least common name, and preferably the Latin name. 

LITTLE RED WAGONS (or bigger ones . . .): 
We need more wagons for our customers to use as they shop. It would be great if you have one you'd like to donate, but we would also love loaner wagons. BE SURE TO MARK YOUR WAGON WITH YOUR NAME IF YOU ARE LOANING IT TO US! Wagons can be brought to the Arb anytime in the week prior to the sale.

Volunteers are needed in the afternoon on Friday, September 10 to unload consignment plants and complete setting up the sales floor. Contact our volunteer coordinator at and she will match your availability with tasks you'll enjoy.

There's a lot going on during the sale! We need people to fill these positions for the Members Only Pick of the Pots Sale (POPS) on Friday, September 10, from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, and for the sale open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday,September 11 and 12 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (sale begins at 10 AM).  

PARKING: Help our patrons find the lots and park in an organized fashion 
INVOICE POLICE:  Someone has to check the carts to make sure the number of plants agrees with the receipt - why not you? 
CASHIER: You'll have a calculator, a credit card machine, and a cool place under a tent at the barn. It may be the best job of all! 
TICKET WRITERS: You'll get to see all the great buys people find, and write them up so they can go to their new homes. Ticket writers also help us collect critical data.
Membership: One enthusiastic, welcoming person needed to encourage new memberships and renewals. Membership donations play a big part in Landis' survival and growth!
BAKE SALE:   Calling all bakers - please Help! Pies, cookies, cakes . . . Yum! Pies do especially well, as do large cookies and turnovers. Whatever you do will be greatly appreciated. Please remember to wrap and label your goodies, including your name, and indicate whether the goodies include nuts or dairy. Also let us know if you'd like to help at the Bake Sale tent during the sale. Please contact Chandra Burkhart at or call the Arb at (518) 875-6935. Chandra would appreciate knowing in advance what you are baking. Thank you for all you do!  
EXPERTS: Are you the one your friends call when they have a plant question? You'd be perfect as a wandering expert and as a valuable sales person, explaining the ins and outs of all our wonderful plant choices.
PLANT WATERER: We want to keep the little beauties looking good. 
BOOKS: This may be the best place for an avid reader - there are SO many great books in our book room, and someone like you will know how to merchandise them. (And, if you need space on your bookcases at home, bring us the books for our sale.)

Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Anne Donnelly, at to let us know you are interested in volunteering for the sale. PLEASE be specific with your choices  of date, time, and task, so you get your druthers!  
P.S. . . . Depending on when you joined or renewed, it may be time to renew your membership. You should receive an email reminder, but if you are not sure, just contact us at and we will check! 

Panoramic view toward the Barn
The George Landis Arboretum, Esperance, New York

Landis Arboretum is a private not-for-profit organization that supports an arboretum and public garden incorporating hundreds of acres in Schoharie and Montgomery Counties of New York State. We're close to Albany, Schenectady, and the rest of the Capital Region of New York State. Arboretum founder Fred Lape began the work of developing the Arboretum in the 1950's on Oak Nose Farm, his family homestead. With the support of a bequest from friend and colleague George Landis, Fred aimed to grow every species of woody plant from temperate regions around the world that would survive in the hills of Schoharie County. 

Forty acres of the Arboretum are developed with plantings of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials from around the world. The remainder of the property consists of natural areas, woodlands, wetlands, more than 14 miles of trails, and open fields. Among the Arboretum's horticultural features are a labeled collection of nearly all the trees, shrubs and vines native to New York State, as well as collections of notable trees, flowering ornamental trees and shrubs, tough trees for tough sites, conifers, and oaks. Two old growth forests and additional natural areas representing various stages of succession await visitors; Landis has recently been inducted into the Old Growth Forest Network! The Van Loveland Perennial Garden at the old farmhouse is a seasonal favorite. Interpretive signage aids visitors in their enjoyment and understanding of the collections and ecosystems of the Arboretum. 

Landis is now home to some interesting statuary, like the Landis dinosaur lurking near the pond behind the barn. Be sure to check out the two "photo op" stations on the back of the barn, where you can don the antlers of a stag or the wings of a Monarch butterfly. And be sure to stop by our new Meditation Pavilion with its tranquil pond.

And now we are pleased to invite you to visit a new feature of the Arboretum that can only bring more tranquility into your life: the Shanti Vun Meditation Garden, anchored by a welcoming pavilion, a lovely pond, and the soothing sounds of our waterfall.  This beautiful garden is framed by a forest of young birch trees and a nearby labyrinth.  With picnic tables to enjoy your lunch or just a quiet moment of reflection, the Meditation Garden is the perfect place to begin or end your visit to Landis.

Since its inception in 1951 by Fred Lape, the Landis Arboretum has been a "Garden of Trees and Shrubs" in New York's Capital Region. The Landis Arboretum is a valuable cultural and scientific resource that increases each year in scope and community impact.

Fred Breglia, Executive Director
George Landis Arboretum


Fred Breglia, Executive Director 518-875-6935  

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