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Gardeners' plant sale starts Friday

POSTED: March 22, 2013 12:27 a.m.
 

Something’s growing in the big red barn at the Cumming fairgrounds. Many things, in fact.

With more than 30 plant vendors and 100 plant experts, organizers of the 2013 Forsyth County Master Gardeners’ annual spring plant sale expect this weekend’s event to be the largest so far.

“We’ve got a good mix of plants and art … we’ll have everything from trees to bedding plants to garden plants,” said co-organizer Jackie Grote. “We will have a lot of wonderful art. There are some beautiful bird houses, so it’s really everything for the outside of your house.”

The sale, which starts today and continues through Saturday, includes annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and vegetables, as well as regional plants.

“Those are things you don’t see every day,” Grote said. “We’ll have some obscure plants and native plants you can’t buy any place else.”

Grote said the event will also have an “ask the master gardener booth,” where the county’s 100 master gardeners will spend the day, 20 at a time.

“If you have something with a problem, you can bring it in with you and they’ll diagnose what’s wrong with it and try to give you advice on what to do,” she said.

The master gardeners will also have their own booth with plants for sale that they’ve grown from their gardens.

According to Grote, the plant sale is the only way the county’s master gardeners, which work in conjunction with the Forsyth County Extension office and the University of Georgia, can pay for their various programs.

“We don’t get any county or state or federal funds and so we raise all of our own funding for the programs that we do during the year,” she said. “This is our biggest fundraiser.

“We run educational programs all through the year at different times that anyone can have access to. We also maintain public gardens … at every library, several of the schools and then other places throughout the county.”

 

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