Plant Sale Success Story
By Dawn Huss
Eastside Audubon’s plant sale was a great success!
On a cool Saturday morning in September, the Crop Walk for Hunger 5K walkers ended their trek at 21 Acres in Woodinville. They were greeted by our friendly Eastside Audubon volunteers and rows upon rows of beautiful native trees and shrubs at our plants-for-birds plant sale. The Washington Native Plant Society sold bulbs and seeds while Bats Northwest, Rent Mason Bees, Garden Hotline/Tilth Alliance, and King County Noxious Weeds showed off beautiful pictures and great hands-on displays right next to Eastside Audubon’s own booth. Rent Mason Bees invited its renters to turn in their nest boxes for the season while teaching new visitors about our pollinator friends. The Falconer drew in the crowds with majestic raptors, including a huge Eurasian eagle owl.
Eastside Audubon’s plant sale was a great success with $4,000 in gross sales. All the proceeds from the sale will go towards our Bird Friendly Communities program, but we accomplished so much more than just fundraising with this effort. We built great connections with a bunch of like-minded organizations. We helped a few more people turn their homes and schools into beautiful bird and wildlife sanctuaries with our lovely native plants. Most importantly, we connected with new community members and shared with them our passion for birds and all the ways that we can support our bird friends.
If you made it out to the sale, thank you so much for your support and a special thanks to our volunteers. If you didn’t make it, but you wish you had, Jan McGruder has some leftover plants still available for purchase! You can contact her at email@example.com to arrange a time to do some shopping. We’re also planning a spring sale, so stay tuned for more information.