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Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale grows in popularity

Event starts Friday at the Fairgrounds

POSTED: April 7, 2014 12:02 a.m.
 

CUMMING — Flowers, trees and shrubs of all sorts will be available during the upcoming Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale.

The event, now in its 14th year, is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road.

Karen Cox, publicity chairwoman, said the sale is the largest fundraiser of the year of the Master Gardeners organization.

“It’s wonderful because we’re self-supporting and all the funds that we raise this through sale go back into the local community,” Cox said.

Among the projects funded through the sale are demonstration gardens at all of Forsyth’s public libraries and library lectures on various gardening topics.

“We as Master Gardeners just want to give our gardening knowledge to the community,” she said.

The sale, which will be held rain or shine inside the red barn next door to the fairgrounds’ covered arena, will feature plants grown by Forsyth Master Gardeners and other local retailers.

“We have over 40 vendors … and Master Gardeners will sell plants that they have grown from seed and from their own gardens,” Cox said.

Besides plenty of plants for purchase, Cox said the public is invited to get free gardening tips and information from the Master Gardeners throughout the event.

“We’ll again have something that has been a favorite, and that’s our Ask a Master Gardener booth, where people can come and get all sorts of questions answered about the best ways to grow plants and all sorts of information like that.”

There will also be free demonstrations throughout the event.

Cox said the sale has drawn as many as 500 people each day in the past, and organizers are expecting even more this year.

“Each year it just gets better and better,” she said. “April is the perfect time to plant; the weather’s great and it’s just a good time to garden.”

 

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