If you're going
• What: Forsyth County Master Gardeners spring plant sale
• When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road
• Admission: Free
• Contact: Forsyth County Extension Service, (770) 887-2418
Looking for some new flowers, trees or bushes to beautify your yard?
The Forsyth County Master Gardeners will have plenty to choose from during its annual spring plant sale Friday and Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Pam Haffner, project manager of the sale, said this year’s event will offer more than previous years.
“In the past, it’s just been one day and now we’re expanding to two days,” she said. “We’ll also be in the big, red barn [at the fairgrounds]. That means a lot, since it won’t matter if it’s cold or raining.”
Also in the past, the sale has been limited to items grown by the county master gardeners.
While there will still be “a couple hundred plants lovingly grown” by members, she said the sale will also feature items by more than 30 vendors from four states.
The items available will range from annuals and perennials to trees and shrubs.
“They will also have a lot of garden décor items like birdhouses,” she said. “It will be everything from plants to everything you can think of to accessorize your garden.”
Members of Forsyth’s Junior Master Gardeners will take part in the sale for the first time.
“They’ll have a lot of seedlings and plants they’ve grown to sell too,” Haffner said.
There will also be visits from Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office mounted patrol, raffles and demonstrations every hour by master gardeners and vendors.
Some of the demonstrations will include hydroponics, and pollination, organic and square foot gardening, as well as a number of activities specifically for children, Haffner said.
“We’ll also have our ‘ask-a-master-gardener’ booth,” she said. “People can come by with any pest, bug or leaf for identification, or ask any question they want to.
“One of our main goals is to let people know that our [County] Extension Office is available year round to help them with any problems or questions they might have,” she said.
All proceeds from the sale will be used by the master gardeners for their ongoing projects, which include maintaining gardens at several Forsyth County parks, a vegetable garden that gives to area food banks, and several educational programs for children and adults.
“Our mission is to help educate the public about gardening and how to be ecologically responsible,” Haffner said. “We hope anyone who’s interested will come to the plant sale.”