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Plant sale organizers rooting for big turnout

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Event has moved to Extension Office, and art no longer is included

By Lisa King

A new location for this year’s Master Gardeners Plant Sale will enable the event to take place whatever the weather, organizers say, a plus in light of this spring’s unpredictable conditions.

The plant sale, which no longer will include an art show, will be staged at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office on Frankfort Road.

“The weather forecast is little iffy for this weekend, but that won’t matter because we’ll have tents and also a lot of room in the barn at the extension office,” County Horticulture Technician Walt Reichert said.

The change, from the Shelby County Fairgrounds, is not just for weather-related concerns but also for the sake of convenience, Reichert said.

“We do a lot of the potting here, and then transport the plants to the fairgrounds, and this saves us from having to do that,” he said. “Also, the Shelby County High School FFA helps too, and this way, it’s much more convenient for them, because we are so close by.”

Master Gardener Carolyn Brenner, who has been heading up the event for the past several years, said the sale, which is in its 13th year, started out at Daniel Field, then moved to the fairgrounds. She said she has high hopes for this year’s sale, which will feature about 800 plants and about 200 herbs.

“We sell perennials that we dig out of our own gardens, so we know they are plants that grow well in this area,” she said.

The plants are of very high quality and will be offered for very reasonable prices, she said.

Brenner said the sale would also have a wide assortment of annuals, including ferns, furnished by the FFA at SCHS as well as some shrubs, including lilac and high geranium.

Some other plant vendors will have some vegetable plants, including tomatoes, she said.

Another change this year is that the event will not include art vendors, Brenner said, adding that aspect of the sale was just too labor intensive. Food vendors will still be on site, however.

The sale is a fundraiser for the botanical garden at Clear Creek Park, and proceeds will go for that purpose, Brenner said.

13th annual

Master Gardeners

Plant Sale

 

WHAT:Open market of perennials, grasses, shrubs, ferns and vegetable plants

WHEN:9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday

WHERE:Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road

ADMISSION:Free