Library’s plant sale most successful to date

By on May 16, 2014

The 11th annual Elburn Town and Country Public Library’s Plant Fundraiser was held Mothers Day weekend May 9-10. The fundraiser helps fund the youth reading programs. Aiden Goecker (right), 5, of Elburn, helps his mother pick out flowers. Joan Hanson (below, left) helps visitors select plants. Photos by Lynn Logan

Funds go to support Summer Reading program
ELBURN—The Elburn Town and Country Public Library’s annual plant sale is Library Friend Joan Hansen’s favorite fundraiser.

“Everybody loves flowers,” she said. “And since (the fundraiser is) always on Mother’s Day weekend, people either buy them for their mothers or for themselves.”

The Friends’ latest plant sale took place last weekend. Hansen, who has coordinated the spring plant sale for the past 11 years, said this was the first year that people had the opportunity to pre-order on the website.

“We’re trying to keep up with the technology,” she said.
According to Hansen, the library sold 1,449 plants this year, more than they’ve sold in any previous year. Last year was the next highest number of plants sold, at 102 dozen, compared to the more than 120 dozen this year.

Although the fundraiser has been taking place for a number of years, Hansen thinks the combination of the publicity and word of mouth has helped to increase community awareness. She said the cold winter might have had something to do with it, as well.

In addition to the sale of geraniums, Gerbera daisies, begonias and more, people also had the chance to win one of three donated prizes when they purchased raffle tickets.

Prizes included a large garden bucket, filled with gardening related items, a quilt made by librarian Liz Graves, and window art by local artist Val Pieroni.

The Library Friends purchased the plants from G&E Greenhouse, a wholesale plant business located on Route 38 in Elburn. Hansen said that in addition to G&E’s tradition of quality product, she likes the idea of supporting the local businesses.

The more than $2,000 net proceeds from the sale and the $2,500 from the raffle will go to support the library’s Summer Reading program for children, youth and adults. The money will be used to purchase incentives and prizes, as well as for the end-of-summer event to acknowledge the participants.

The theme for this year’s program, which begins June 2 and runs for eight weeks, is Paws to Read. There will be books about animals, as well as prizes related to animals.

Hansen said that typically about 1,000 children and 400 adults participate in the Summer Reading program.