March Mart Volunteers Needed

The March Mart Plant Sale at Precinct 4’s Mercer Botanic Gardens is just around the corner. Like any spectacular event, it takes lots of dedicated hands to put on such a large-scale plant sale. Mercer needs your help, and now is the time to volunteer!

“We welcome individuals and groups – garden and community club members, high school students, and business volunteer teams. Anyone 16 and older who wants to participate is invited to apply,” said Jamie Hartwell, Mercer’s volunteer coordinator. “Volunteers with plant knowledge are also needed, as are volunteers to help break down the event after the sale. There’s something for everyone.”

Volunteer during the event on March 20 and 21 or to help with preparations. If you enjoy party planning, join March Mart co-chairs Cathie Powers, Melody Nelson, and Elaine Lucarini in decorating, set-up, and other hostess duties for the VIP event on March 19.

Volunteers can also join grower Brandon Hubbard at the Northside Horticultural Propagation Center to get the plant inventory ready for sale.

“Come out and see Mercer’s greenhouses first hand,” said Hubbard. “We’ll be repotting, making signs, and doing general maintenance on Saturdays, Feb. 22 and 29, and March 7 and 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers can also come out on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.”

March Mart chairperson Kitt Burnsides is expecting a banner year.

“We had more than 2,000 visitors in 2019 and predict this year’s sale will be bigger and better,” she said. “We strive to bring tried and true favorites, along with many new varieties. This year, we’re featuring ‘Mercer Grown’ plants that include 100% organically grown vegetables and host plants, as well as annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, roses, natives, gingers, and edibles – including fruit trees, vegetables, and herbs. Outside vendors will offer carnivorous plants, ferns, orchids, camellias, and tropicals.”

Positions like cashiering, ticket writing, wagon check-out, and much more are also available. To volunteer for March Mart, complete the online application at www.hcp4.net/parks/mercer/volunteer. Organizations should contact Jamie Hartwell directly at 713-274-4160 or jhartwell@hcp4.net.

For information about how to become a Mercer member, contact The Mercer Society at 713-274-4166 or email Msociety@hcp4.net.