WHEN: Orders are being taken through April 20 with pick up in early May.
WHERE: 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ.
Full details about Morven and the plant sale are at https://www.morven.org/curbside-plant-sale
“Bloom where you’re planted” is an apt phrase in light of this year’s global lockdown. In an effort to brighten people’s homes and gardens, as well as provide much needed financial support, Morven Museum & Garden’s Morven in May Annual Plant Sale has gone digital with curbside pickup and phone ordering available. Link to the sale is Morven Curbside Plant Sale. (Above: Clematis - rare varieties, including this showy white, and even some as seen vining on Morven’s grounds, are available)
“The plant sale has been a Princeton-area tradition for 19 years and we knew we wanted to find a way to keep that tradition alive this year,” Morven’s Executive Director Jill Barry shared recently. “After consulting with the Princeton Board of Health, we will be following the On-Farm Market Protocol for the set up of the sale and will arrange pick-up of orders in alignment with the Take-Out Protocol you are familiar with from your favorite local restaurants, Shopper and staff safety is paramount with this year’s plant sale.”
“While running very differently than years past, this year’s sale provides critical funds for our operations, now more important than ever. So far, the digital format has been embraced by our supporters with our highest Instagram numbers following some of the beautiful plant images. For those who feel more comfortable ordering with a person, we ask that they call 609-924-8144 x 117 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and have a credit card handy. Morven staff members working remotely are handling all sales while our Horticulturists are prepping plant orders.” (ABOVE: Holy Basil, otherwise known as Tulsi, is an herb known for its meditative qualities when its leaves are steeped as a tea. Quite popular during these troubling times.)
In fact, instructions detailed on the website are as follows:
Ordering is as easy as 1-2-3!
- Place your order through our secure website via PayPal before April 20, 2020. Orders will be placed, by order of receipt, with our growers. Some plants may sell out, so order early! Our 10% discount code is available to Friends of Morven by entering this code: FriendsofMorven at checkout. If you aren't sure if your membership has lapsed, we will be be checking as orders come through and will gladly contact you if you are due to renew.
- You will be contacted to arrange a DATE and TIME to pick up your order at Morven after May 5.
- At pick up, you will drive to a designated area in Morven’s parking lot, stay in your vehicle, and Morven staff will place your order in your trunk for you.
“We look forward to the day we can welcome everyone back to Morven to visit the Museum and tour the gardens, and for now this is our way of bringing a bit of Morven Museum to people’s homes,” Barry noted.
For more than 200 years Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation. Originally part of a 5,500-acre tract purchased from William Penn in 1701 by the Stockton family, it is the home of Richard Stockton, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. As well as serving as a Stockton homestead for several generations into the 20th century, Morven was home to the families of Robert Wood Johnson Jr., and was the first New Jersey Governors’ Mansion and home to five New Jersey governors.