The Atlanta Orchid Society
Auction at Roy Harrow's House
Orchid Auction at Roy Harrow’s house the last Saturday in July. In 2012, it is the 28th of July.
2872 Gray Rd, Smyrna Georgia 30081-1921. H-770 434 8059 c-770 639 7052
simplest (not the shortest) directions:
Highway 75 just north of 285 around
past (Cobb parkway, the golf course (speed trap),
That only goes a couple of blocks to Milford Church (right) west. Across the creek to Gray Road (left) south.
Yellow house on the (right) west side of the road.
Norton Park elementary School parking is 7 houses further down the street on the left after you drop your stuff.
You can also come from the south by way of 285/
Helpers at 9, public at 10 to sign in, tour at 10:15, auction at 11, eat potluck at 1, usually over by 4.
Bring friends, chairs, plants, folding cash and a little extra food beyond what you could eat, we usually share.
A grill is available. Drop off and park 7 houses back at the elementary school. We run a shuttle back and forth. it will happen rain or shine with no backup date. Only handicapped and helpers park onsite. Make sure your name is on the bottom of your food bowls and chairs. It's worth your time to make 2 lists of what you bought to sell. The one you give to the auctioneer should have a description and minimums (if any) to help improve the plants desirability. Some people bring pictures of what the flowers looked like. On the list you keep, write down how much they sold for in case we have any differences. Most people write their purchases on the back of the paper plate with their buyer's number on it. That same buyers' number is your free raffle entry so everyone should sign up for a number.
Wear appropriate clothing, if you pass out from the heat, you might wake up with only your head held above water. We have had 11 people bid from the pool. If you get too hot you can watch (not hear) from inside the house.
Many times un-named orchids will go for just $1. You don't have to buy or sell a thing, but if you do, remember the 10% rule. If you buy $10 pay $11, or sell $10 get $9, we will send a check to any IRS 501C3 organization you designate as long as it totals more than $5 with everyone else that designated the same place at signup.
Each of the sellers gets to offer ten things on the first go
around. I personally sell 10 boxes of orchids. If you have more
than ten to sell, you get to sell again, after everyone else has had
their turn in the order of signing in. The buyers' money usually
runs out toward the end. This is mostly a buyers' auction of
amateur's plants and the prices are often very low. Remember to
quarantine/treat your purchased plants before adding them to your
collection. It wouldn't hurt to bring boxes to carry off what you
acquire. Many other people have contributed to the free raffle.
History: This idea started around 1985 with an annual pig roast put
on by Murray Delafuente at the
The auction at my house has raised money for 5 different tax free organizations at the same time. This could not happen without all the people bringing their own plants to sell, helpers (up to 9) and great food brought by so many different people. (*) David Mellard won a blue ribbon in its class at the SFS with the free eye lash begonia he got from the auction. I believe Cheryl also won a ribbon for her free Clivia lily.