The Annual Plant Sale coming up Sat. May 11 at the Polk County Fairgrounds gives the Master Gardeners an ideal opportunity to exercise their primary goal. They will present the community with a wide variety of healthy plants from their own gardens, already adapted to do well in our area, and a selection of requested varieties to enhance their landscapes garden beds.

There will be something for everyone: trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, herbs and bulbs, succulents, grasses, and wild flowers. The list includes edibles like blackberries and lemon grass, and herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme. Foliage plants include elephant ears, hostas, coleus, coral bells, Jacob’s ladder, liriope, and arum lilies.  There are a few Japanese maples, peonies, Althea (Rose of Sharon), kerria (yellow rose of Texas), butterfly bush, and forsythia. Blooming plants include wave petunias, SunPatiens (sun tolerant impatiens), geraniums, dianthus, begonias, and iris, both hybrid and Louisiana water iris.

Some of the blooming plants have been made into container gardens and hanging baskets, and there are lots of succulent arrangements. These pre-planted containers would be especially appropriate for Mother’s Day gifts—which just happens to be the day following the Plant Sale.

On the Sale Day, Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you make your choices and answer your questions. As they have previously, enthusiastic and energetic 4-H members will be available to watch over your purchases and help load them into your vehicle when you are ready to leave. We hope that you will find plant bargains galore and feel inspired to beautify your own spaces.

Mark your calendar and Save the Date - Saturday, May 11, starting at 8:00 am, at the Fairgrounds Education Building!

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