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Plant, garden event this weekend at Cumming Fairgrounds
Fundraiser for Master Gardeners
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CUMMING — TheForsyth County Master Gardeners will hold their 19th Annual Plant and Garden Event this weekend in the covered barn at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Set for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, the fundraiser will go on rain or shine.

“The reason we do it, is we raise money for the Master Gardeners,” said Liz Newell, one of the organizers. “We support youth programs in the county, we do demonstration gardens, we do countywide garden projectsm, like at all the libraries.

“We share our knowledge and try to help people understand how and what to do with their plants.”

Among the most popular parts of the event is the plant sale. Newell said many of those for sale are grown by local residents.

“A big box store will sell, bless their hearts, plants that don’t even grow in Georgia,” she said. “But we make sure that all of our plants and everything that the vendors sell will grow in Georgia.

“That is a really important thing when you’re trying to plant a garden or flowers or landscape. ”

Also at the event will be a variety of vendors, including some from as far as Minnesota and Miami, who will sell garden-related items, including art, heirloom flower bulbs, rain barrels, tools and local honey.

“What I try to do is get a good mix of vendors,” said Heidi Skillman of the master gardeners. “In other words, not only just nurseries, but other unique things in the garden. In those areas, I look for vendors that will help educate the public.”

Members of the group will also be on hand to field gardening questions.

The Forsyth County Master Gardener program is part of an extension program with the University of Georgia that aids in research and seeks to educate residents through outreach programs.