By Ginna Parsons
TUPELO – Lee County Master Gardeners are hoping Saturday will bring their best spring plant sale ever.
“In the past we had some plants that were tiny and just didn’t sell, but this year, we’ve got the healthiest plants ever,” said Carl Oglesby, a Master Gardener volunteer.
The plant sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lee County Extension Office on Cliff Gookin Boulevard in Tupelo.
“We’ll have coffee and breakfast items for sale for people waiting in line, because there will be a crowd here long before the gates are opened,” said Donna Tucker, chairman of the event.
This year, the group will be offering annuals, perennials, vines, shrubs, trees and herbs as well as gardening books, Quick Crete pots and raffle items.
The plants are too numerous to name, but here’s a sampling: Japanese maples, coleus, butterfly weed, ornamental peppers, petunias, zinnias, umbrella plants, salvia, begonias, angel trumpets, ivy, datura, rose campion, peach cockscomb, Shasta daisies, trillium, roses, hydrangeas and curly willows.
They will also have moonflower, hyacinth bean, morning glory, mina lobata, black-eyed Susan and sweet potato vines. Herbs include fennel, cilantro and basil, and there will be some cherry tomato plants along with jalapeño peppers.
“A lot of our stuff comes from people’s yards, so we don’t know just what all we’ll have,” Tucker said. “I’m bringing some natives like wild geraniums and woodland phlox. We’ll just have a little bit of everything.”
There will be three raffle items offered. One is a fairy garden, complete with sedums, bacopa, yarrow and a cedar tree along with a gazebo, swing, bench and bridge made from twigs. Another is a pot planted with butterfly weed, asparagus fern, purple and red salvia, bacopa, sweet potato vine and zinnias. The third is a Briggs & Stratton tiller with 12-inch tines.
Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5. They are available at the Extension Office and the day of the sale. The winner will be announced Thursday.
Because the gardening group realizes that not everyone can make the Saturday sale, they are extending it into next week. On Monday and Tuesday, plants will be for sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at full price. On Wednesday and Thursday, plants will be for sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at half price.
“We’re calling it an after-plant sale for the remaining plants,” Tucker said.
Most plants will in the $2 to $10 price range, although some, like tomatoes, will be $1.50 and others, like trees, may fetch $30.
The annual plant sale is the Master Gardeners’ only fundraiser. Some of the projects it helps fund are the Help Center, Junior Master Gardener classes and workshops, adult education, demonstration gardens, and gardens at Sanctuary Hospice House and Ashbury Courts.
For more information, call (662) 841-9000 or (662) 620-8280 or visit leecountymastergardeners.com.
• Who: Lee County Master Gardeners’ Spring Plant Sale.
• When: Saturday, April 12, 8 a.m. until noon.
• Where: Lee County Extension Office, 5338 Cliff Gookin Blvd.
• What: A variety of annuals, perennials, vines, shrubs, herbs and trees will be for sale at affordable prices.
• Info: Call (662) 620-8280 or visit leecountymastergardeners.com.