New Milestone: Over 120 Potting Parties Donated

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New Milestone: Over 120 Potting Parties Donated

By |2019-03-11T21:40:10+00:00June 26th, 2018|Charitable Giving, News & Events|

Over the last fifteen years, James Martin Associates (JMA) has donated over 120 potting parties to local charities. These potting parties support nonprofits by allowing the organizations to offer them as auction items at galas and other fundraisers. They are valued at $600 each.

Winners of the potting parties and ten guests of their choice enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch and a guided tour of the beautifully landscaped grounds of JMA. A landscape professional leads the tour and answers the guests’ landscaping questions.

The tour is then followed by a hands-on potting demonstration. This active approach allows the guests to learn proper potting techniques as well as new tricks that they can use at home in their own gardens.

After adding nutrient-rich soil to their pots, the guests use the transplanting skills they have learned to place the plants in their containers. After the party is completed, the guests take the plants home with them.

Organizations such as the Winnetka Historical Society, American Cancer Society, and Maryville Crisis Nursery have used potting parties to raise funds for their programs.

“The funds from this year’s auction will be used for the restoration of our c.1837 Schmidt-Burnham Log House,” said Tane Beecham, Executive Direction of the Winnetka Historical Society. The Log House offers tours guided by costumed docents who illustrate what life was like in the community 180 years ago. “We are excited to complete some much needed structural repairs,” Beecham added.

“We’re glad to be able to give back to the community by using the knowledge and expertise of our in-house landscape professionals,” said Jim Martin, President of James Martin Associates. “We get to provide an afternoon of fun and learning for the auction winners and their guests while also supporting important local causes.”

To learn how to secure a potting party for your nonprofit, please contact [email protected].