In June, the Hunger Commission of Community United Methodist Church in Naperville will holds its Annual PassAlong Perennial Plant Sale to support hunger causes near and far. The sale is from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church parking lot off Benton Avenue and Center Street.  Keep an eye on Upcoming for the next date.

Over 1500 plants from some 75 species are usually available. Plants range from $4 to $13 each, depending on variety and size.

The sale supports hunger causes near and far and has contributed $112,688 to feed the hungry over the past 15 years. Our Hunger Commission carefully researches a large number of hunger causes before contributing any funds. And our overhead is just about the lowest around with volunteer labor, the reuse of pots from year to year and significant contributions of plants from the yards of church members and friends of the sale.

Pass-Along Plants

For many years, gardeners have helped support the plant sale by making “pass-along” donations – buying at the sale, planting and growing for a few years, then donating some of the plants when the perennials have needed division. We love getting these donations, since it helps us raise more money for hunger causes. It also means that buyers can find unusual and interesting specimens at our sale, in addition to the many varieties which we order from growers.

If you find yourself with extra perennials in April and May when we are potting, you can drop them off at the garage just south of the church (at 105 Benton). Thanks for your help.

Volunteer Opportunities

Watch this section for opportunities to help with the sale by washing pots, planting seedlings, tending the young plants, and so on.

We are seeking donations of plastic pots for the sale. Re-using pots is not only green, but saves us money that can better be used for hunger relief. Please drop off donations of pots, in sizes from one quart to two gallon, at the 105 Benton parsonage.

Recycle Your Pots

Don’t put your pots in your recycling bin! Instead, drop off your pots by the church parking lot, and we’ll wash and sterilize them for next year’s sale. By doing this, we keep them out of landfills (many plant pots are made of non-recyclable plastic) and also save money which goes to hunger causes.