Crocus pre-orders better than last year

Looking outside to see a frozen landscape, springtime may seem like a lifetime away.
But apparently local residents are anticipating the planting season as pre-orders for purple imported Dutch crocus plants, with proceeds going to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, have been steadily coming in at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau over the past couple of weeks.
“We have about 260 bulbs pre-ordered already—that’s quite a jump from last year,” executive director Vanessa Hebert said this morning, adding a total of 400 pots have been ordered and are expected to arrive here Tuesday.
“We’d only faxed businesses for pre-orders,” she noted.
“Individuals usually come by and get their plants that way. So we’re hoping they sell well.”^Those interested in buying crocuses can drop by the volunteer bureau (located in the old CN station) next week between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The cost is $4 per pot or three for $10. Each pot holds five-six imported Dutch crocus bulbs.
Proceeds from the sales go to the CNIB’s “Focus on Crocus” fundraising campaign.
Hebert said she was expecting the CNIB’s fundraiser to be another success (last year saw about 420 crocus plants sold here)—and is keeping her fingers crossed no plants are damaged by the cold during shipping.
She added the volunteer bureau also will be selling other specialty items from the CNIB, such as note cards and painted wooden and metal pots, early next month.
Last year’s “Focus on Crocus” campaign generated about $16,000 to support local services at no cost to the roughly 1,350 visually-impaired residents in Northwestern Ontario.