This was the first time I have ever been to an auction of any kind. Wouldn’t you know that my first would be PLANTS. My friend at the Tree Farm had an auction of beautiful trees and shrubs. I showed you last week them digging the trees and what that entails. Now imagine a few thousand of them.
The men you saw digging that day did a remarkable job potting up all the shrubs and trees. Some were hand dug, and others, machine dug. You can tell by the wrappings. I never see the trees and shrubs set up like this normally. This has that retail nursery feel with them all lined up in rows.
The Techny and Emerald Arbs, Burning Bush.
This is back-breaking work and all were on hand for the auction to help bidders with their purchases, park cars, and load trailers. The people are starting to arrive below.
The first number on the handout page is the lot number. The first example 468, below, has one tree. Most trees were sold as a single tree, but the bidder had the option to take say lots 550-581, Weeping Cherry of all 32 trees. Then the price bid was taken times the number of trees accepted. Some were on a pallet, then the price bid was per palette.
Me, I was there for the fun. Actually, I was there the day before to get photos before the sale.
I did help some customers with plants they wanted to purchase for location and type. One customer wanted to screen their neighbors, others wanted certain trees and needed information. I even helped load a woman’s car. Imagine taking home these huge specimens in a car.
They are bidding on the 12 foot Cimarron Ash. The people had to wait until the conclusion of the auction to take their plants home. I believe the best sellers were the Arborvitae and Locust. I am so accustomed to the wholesale pricing, that seeing these beautiful trees go at auction pricing was a real eye opener. I was most saddened by the pricing on gorgeous Hemlocks and Austrian Pine.
When the auction was over, the purchasers set up delivery or loaded their trailers. Assistance was provided by the farm workers and the machines.
The trailer and truck bed were fully loaded when the guys were finished.
Many of the farm machines were used for loading.
See how big the Weeping Cherries are in comparison the man behind?
And here for scale again. Look at the trunk size.
The big trucks from nurseries were brought in to take home the purchases.
And here is one with a very big trailer. I hope you enjoyed the auction. I had fun and enjoyed my day. I also had time to walk around the farm and get some photos of the Koi and what is budding and blooming. In the weeks to come, you will see the field trees in bloom when I document the trees for the website we will be creating. This is a really interesting place.
The next post will be on the pretty plants in bud and flower found at the farm. When the rain lets up, I will take you back to the farm for acres of trees and shrubs in flower.