Master Gardeners set for annual sale

By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

If you’re looking for a variety of good, healthy, inexpensive plants, you won’t want to miss the Lee County Master Gardeners’ 18th annual spring plant sale April 20.
Plants being offered include daylilies, coleus, angel trumpets, begonias, evolvulus, hyacinth bean vine, black-eyed Susan vine, Mexican petunia, rose campion, lantana, hollyhocks, rudbeckia, obedient plant, ornamental grasses, sedum, yarrow, double-blooming red roses, oakleaf hydrangeas, beautyberry, crape myrtle, black elephant ears, strawberries and tomato plants.
“Master Gardeners will be donating a lot of perennials they’re digging up from their yards and others’ yards and separating,” said Donna Tucker, the plant sale’s chairman. “We just dug a bunch of Stella D’Oros from two different places this morning in Winwood Cove.”
Most of the plants will range in price from $1 to $10, with most in the $2 to $5 range, although a few may be more expensive, she said.
There will be some native plants available, such as wild geraniums, hearts a’ bustin’, trillium, Solomon’s seal, woodland phlox and resurrection fern, Tucker said.
“We’re going to have the name of the plant and the care that it needs with each plant,” she said. “And if it’s a good butterfly plant, we’ll put that, too. Butterfly weed is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly and Queen Ann’s Lace is a host for the Black Swallowtail.”
Last year, the group raised close to $6,000. The proceeds allowed the group to fund two $1,000 scholarships through Mississippi State University for horticulture majors, the Jr. Master Gardeners program in elementary schools, the Ashbury Court senior citizen gardens in Verona, the Learning Series and flower beds at Sanctuary Hospice House and make donations to non-profits, such as the Salvation Army, Faith Haven and the St. Luke United Methodist Church Food Pantry.
“We’ve had 300 to 400 people come through the plant sale in bad weather,” said Carl Oglesby, who is serving his second year as president of the group. “We’re hoping for more in good weather.”
Master Gardeners will also have papercrete pots filled with sedum for sale as well as used gardening books, sausage biscuits, hot coffee and hot chocolate and snacks. And they will be available to answer questions at the plant sale.
For more information, call (662) 620-8280 or visit leecountymastergardeners.com.
ginna.parsons@journalinc.com

Briefing
WHO: Lee County Master Gardeners’ Spring Plant Sale.

WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m. until noon.

WHERE: Lee County Extension

Office, 5338 Cliff Gookin Blvd.

WHAT: A variety of annuals, perennials, vines, shrubs and
ornamental grasses will be for sale at affordable prices.

INFO: Call (662) 620-8280 or visit leecountymastergardeners.com.