The weather might not seem like spring yet, but an upcoming event could make it feel seasons have changed.
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, members of the Forsyth County Master Gardeners will host the group’s annual plant sale at the barn in the Cumming Fairgrounds, at 235 Castleberry Road.
“About 80 Master Gardeners are involved putting together this annual event,” said Ellen Ruppert, a Master Gardner and an organizer of the event. “It is our only event, and the money we receive from renting the barn and selling of our plants goes to all of the gardens in our community.”
Ruppert said the group is involved in many local gardens, including Sexton Hall Enrichment Center and several branches of the Forsyth County Public Library.
During the event, the Master Gardeners will sell fruits, flowers and plants grown by group members.
“We grow plants, tomatoes and some vegetables, as well as we separate perennials in our garden and make them available for sale,” she said. “There will be native azaleas for sale. I think some rhododendrons and even some hydrangeas that the Master Gardeners have been working on [will be] for sale.”
Along with the Master Gardeners, Ruppert said organizers of the event are expecting more than 40 vendors, including some playing music and selling refreshments.
“We have vendors that return to their same spots every year, so you know it’s very successful,” she said.
Ruppert said the timing of the plant sale meant plants would likely go in the ground at the right time.
“Master Gardeners recommend that you don’t plant anything until April 15, so … our plant sale is timely,” she said. “Sometimes our plant sale, for various reasons, is earlier in the month and we tell people, ‘you’re going to have to babysit your plants for a few weeks.’ But after April 15, historically speaking, there’s been no freeze, so it’s very timely for our plant sale this year.”
The Forsyth County Master Gardeners Program is part of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and is supported by members of the school’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Services. More information on the group, including how to join, is available at UGAMG.org.