Master Gardener plants available May 21

The Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale takes place May 21 at the county human services building, 425 Franklin Farm Lane. The sale starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m.

The Franklin County Master Gardener plant sale is more than a fundraiser. The plant sale Committee has a priority to meet the mission of the Master Gardener program. That includes educating the public and community on best practices in sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship.

The committee does that in many ways.

Descriptive signs on perennial plants provide general information; and they tell the buyer if the plant is native, pollinator friendly or drought resistant. Signs also list both the botanical and common names as well as general plant information.

Display boards provide information about plants grown in the greenhouse: vegetables, flowers or herbs, as well as general information on hardening off plants.

Unusual varieties of heirloom plants, open-pollinated and promoting seed saving, are grown in the Master Gardener greenhouse.

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The mid-May sale date offers the best time to put transplants out in our area, past the last frost date and when soil temperatures are likely to be ready for transplants. Master Gardeners are available to offer assistance for choosing among the plants offered. They also provide tips on the best way to plant and care for those plants.

Reference lists are also available about plants, including DNR where needed and references about both the scientific and common names.

Come to the sale not only buy plants, but to learn about them.

New this year

New this year, “plug” plants (small perennials good for mass planting and drifts) will be available, including some great late-season bloomers for pollinators. Master Gardeners will be accepting Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, along with cash and check, for payment. Proceeds from the Plant Sale support Master Gardener educational outreach activities in Franklin County.

The plant sale takes place rain or shine. Bring a cart, wagon or boxes to take purchases home. Lines form early for the best selections.

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Editor’s note: This story contains a correction on the date of this event. The original post listed the sale as Saturday and left out the date. It actually takes place Saturday, Mav 21.