THE Plant Sale

Honorary Chair: Debbie Oliver
THE Plant Sale Co-Chairs: Chris Lippert and Halle Quinn
THE Plant Project Co-Chairs:
Amy DeWitt and Jen Ragland

THE Plant Sale at the Civic Garden Center is our largest fundraising event and longest-standing tradition. Each year on the first weekend in May, the staff, board, volunteers and friends of the CGC converge on the grounds of the Hauck Botanic Garden to spend an entire weekend with plants and people in a festive atmosphere.

Preview Party: Friday, May 6, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
THE Plant Project: Saturday, May 7, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Sale: Saturday, May 7, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Free admission)
Public Sale: Sunday, May 8, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (Free admission)

Preview Party Tickets

A portion of each ticket purchase is tax-deductible. All tickets include open bar, dinner-by-the-bite and complimentary valet parking.

To purchase tickets, please visit CGC, call 513-221-0981 or purchase tickets at the event.

General Admission Tickets – $75 each

Host Tickets – $125 each or $175 for two
Includes sneak peek early admission from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm and recognition on invitation (orders received by March 18)

VIP Host Tickets – $225 each
Includes reserved seating, reserved shopping wagon (one per order), sneak peek early admission from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm and recognition on invitation (orders received by March 18)

Thanks To Our 2016 Sponsors

about-the-plant-saleOriginating in 1960 as a plant swap, the sale has grown to include a Friday night ticketed event known as the Preview Party, coined “the best little plant party in town”, by Cincinnati Magazine.  On this first evening guests enjoy dinner by the bite, wine and beer, silent auction, entertainment, special attractions, and most importantly, first pick of the plants for sale. Saturday and Sunday are open to the public and customers line up before the sale starts at 9:00 am on Saturday morning. Sunday promises the same high quality, unique and expertly selected plants, with shopping beginning at 11:00 am.

While you’re at the sale, visit our Corner Shop in the lobby of the CGC facility to find well made garden tools, hand crafted garden related gifts, eco-chic and up-cycled items for the gardener, organic seeds and fine garden hats.banner-supportingprograms

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Proceeds from THE Plant Sale support the programs of the Civic Garden Center: Community Gardens, Youth Education, Schoolyard Gardens, Green Learning Station, CGC Gardens and Grounds, gardening classes and workshops, Hoffman Library, as well as facility operation and organizational expenses. Your support helps to keep the CGC (and your garden) growing!

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Carts and wagwheelborrowons are supplied, but in high demand! Please bring your own wagon, basket or cart to carry plants through the sale and out to your car.

Parking is available through valets on Friday night.  Saturday and Sunday, parking is available at the Hand Surgery parking lot across Oak Street, and several other nearby locations.  Park-a-Pot stations are set up throughout the site and in the CGC parking lot to assist you in keeping track of your plants while you’re at the sale and to make getting them to your car easier.

Plants are paid for at a central Check Out Station in the CGC parking lot.  A new checkout system, implemented in 2015, helps our volunteers process customers as quickly as possible.  Grouping your plants plants together by type (i.e. Annuals, Herbs, Veggies, etc.) helps assure a quicker check out.  Cash, checks and all major credit cards are accepted.

See you in May!