FORSYTH COUNTY – With spring in the air and flowers starting to bloom, one group is ready to get local gardens a masterful look.
The Forsyth County Master Gardeners will be holding their annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the barn of the Cumming Fairground. The event has about 50 vendors and is expecting to bring out thousands of people.
“Last year we had about 2,500,”said Barbra Moyer, Spring Plant Sale and Garden Event chairperson. “This year we printed, we call them rack cards they’re like an oversized bookmark, and we printed 5,000 and I think we have five left. So we’re hoping that we get well over the 2,500.
“We’re going to have about 50 vendors showing plants.”
All plants for sale have been raised by local gardeners, and the sale will also feature food and garden art for attendees to buy.
“We have artists that create wind chimes using repurposed silver and silverware items and vintage plates,” Moyer said. “We also have several potters that make different items, but they’re hand thrown pots and pottery. Some of them also have classes that people can sign up for.”
Though the weather is expected to hold up, Moyer said that rain would not stop the event.
“It’s at the barn, so it’s a covered event rain or shine,” she said. “We hope to have some of the food vendors outside by the picnic tables, but they will all move in if it rains.”
The event is a chance for the group to raise money for its various programs, which it is hoping to expand.
“We assist UGA with bringing scientific, research based knowledge to the community and we do that at no charge,” Moyer said. “We also have a helpline that people can call in or ask us questions via the Internet. We have children’s seminars at the libraries and at schools, we have a feed the hungry garden. We also have gardens that we maintain at each library.”