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Volunteers Needed for Landis Fall Plant, Book, and Bake Sale

Written By Editor on 8/8/23 | 8/8/23

We really can use your help!

Check out all the things you could do before,

during, and after the sale.

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 8 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

During the Sale 


Of course, there is lots to do during the sale (Friday September 8 for POPS and Saturday and Sunday September 9 and 10 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, September 11 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, email Susan Strangia at  or call the Arb at (518) 875-6935. Read more about baking for the bake sale below in the task list.


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 on Friday, September 8 to unload consignment plants, erect tents and signs, 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 8, from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, and for the sale open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10 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:   We would love to showcase your favorite baked goods to raise funds to support the Arboretum’s missions. Cookies, cakes, breads, pies, cupcakes, etc. all welcome. Gluten free and vegan baked goods sell quickly! Donations can be dropped off at the Arboretum Farmhouse on Thursday in the early afternoon and Friday or Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM. We appreciate you packaging for sale (individual, group or by the dozen) and marking with prices! Please let Susan Strangia know what you plan to bring to the Sale by emailing 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). If you might be a "bookie", contact Sue Tricario at


Please email our Plant Sale 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!  

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