The 2017 Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation (JCMGF) plant sale will be held on Saturday, May 6 in the large pavilion at H.J. Carroll Park, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Organizer and master gardener Roger McPherson recommends that visitors in search of the best plants arrive early.
We’ll probably have 100 people lined up half an hour before we open the sale, he says, but we hold them back until 9:30 to give everybody a chance.
Conducted by the JCMGF for approximately 15 years, according to McPherson, the sale offers visitors the chance to buy plants potted and labeled by local master gardeners, who understand what works best in our local soil and climate conditions.
Roaming master gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions about how to plant and care for your purchases. And, many of the master gardeners who supply young plants for sale will provide pictures of mature versions of their offerings.
McPherson expects to see lots of perennials–dahlias, roses, hostas, peonies, etc.–along with annuals, vegetables (especially tomatoes), trees and shrubs. A small flat of seedlings might cost you as little as $1, while larger plants will run $8 to $10.
And, long time JCMGF stalwart Sarah Fairbank will be coordinating a Plant Clinic during the sale so you can not only stock up on new plants but bring specimens of problem plants from your garden for diagnosis.