NINE Easy Steps to the Biggest Plant Sale in NY

At the George Landis Arboretum

The George Landis Arboretum is one of the most beautiful arboretums in the world! It is comprised of over 500 acres of rolling meadows, and packed with some of the rarest species on the planet. And the best part: It’s half an hour from Albany, NY.

Every Spring the Arboretum has an annual Spring plant sale to raise funds, and this year the plant sale is this weekend, May 18-20. The arboretum is a not-for-profit and relies on big-hearted folks like you to help out! We love members (starting at 35 bucks), AND, if you become a member, you get a discount on all your plant needs! Don’t forget, we also have a Fall Plant Sale.

So how does a teeny-tiny staff and a whole bunch of volunteers prepare for one of the biggest plant sales in New York?? Here’s the secret formula!

1. Find an Arboretum You Really, Really Love


2. Get Fred It’s Fearless Leader to Start Preparing


3.Make Sure Those Lawns are Mowed!

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4. Get Volunteers–LOTS of THEM– to Set Up Tables (and tents)


5. Elect a Mayor to Oversee the Project


6. Order HUNDREDS of plants, by the truck load


7. Expect those SAME Volunteers to Lift, Lift, Lift…..


8. Until the Trucks are Empty…..


9. And you hope, just hope, the crowds arrive…..So our children can enjoy our trails, snowshoe adventures, star parties and more tomorrow!


Hope to see you this weekend!

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2 thoughts on “NINE Easy Steps to the Biggest Plant Sale in NY

  1. Avatar of rich

    Usually we do, but haven’t seen any. We do have Norwegion Spruces which are lovely. They grow a curtain around their base.

  2. Karen Boylan May 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm -

    This place sounds WONDERFUL. Do you know if they sell a tree known as a Dwarf Pussy Willow? Not Weeping Willow…Pussy Willow. It’s made by grafting the Pussy Willow onto a small straight trunk. These are beautiful trees and I WANT ONE. Found one at Home Depot but it looked a bit sickly. Don’t want to spend more than $50.00, and would prefer a $25.00 version so that I won’t have a hard time getting it in the car. Please let me know. Thanks! KB