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Communications February 4, 2019

Mercer Botanic Gardens Seeks March Mart Volunteers

Preparations are underway for Mercer’s largest plant sale of the year! Help us create a bigger, better event by becoming a March Mart volunteer!

“We are taking March Mart back to what it was prior to the floods of 2016 and 2017,” says Kitt Burnsides, now in her fourth year as March Mart chair. “All growing groups are back up and running and seeking more volunteers. We are growing more plants from seed and plugs than in past years, so more help is needed.”

Greenhouse volunteers ages 16 and up are needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and select Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon in February and March. Volunteer opportunities at the greenhouses include repotting plants, weeding existing potted plants, moving plants, watering, and more. Volunteers can help in various stages of growing and plant maintenance.

“We have thousands of plants at our greenhouses, and we’re adding more weekly,” says Brandon Hubbard, a grower for The Mercer Society. “The collection includes shade plants, trees and shrubs, gingers, annuals and perennials, natives, roses, vegetables, herbs, and fruit.”

Youth and adult volunteers also can volunteer during March Mart Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16.

“There are plenty of opportunities at March Mart, including volunteer check-in, plant ticket writing, wagon check-out, hospitality and more,” says Jamie Hartwell, Mercer volunteer coordinator.

To volunteer for the March Mart plant sale or inquire about opportunities, please complete a March Mart application here.

Applications also are available at the Mercer Botanic Gardens office at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road in Humble and Mercer Botanical Center at 25240 Aldine Westfield Road (at the corner of Aldine Westfield and Titleist Drive) in Spring.

“We hope these new Saturday hours give students, adults, and seniors an opportunity to volunteer when it doesn’t conflict with school or work,” Hubbard says. “Many students seek community service hours for school, and this gives them another option.”

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