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Master Gardeners annual plant sale May 10

Posted: May 6, 2014 - 3:39pm

Faulkner County Master Gardeners have been busy gathering favorite plants from their gardens and growing vegetable and flower seedlings for the annual plant sale. The May 10 sale moves to a new indoor location at the Conway Expo Center at 2502 East Oak (Highway 64 east). Admission is free! New hours start the sale at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the indoor facility provides a comfortable setting for three special speakers:

• 9 a.m. — Rand Retzloff, owner of Grand Design in Little Rock specializing in native shade and hosta plants

• 10 a.m. — Chris Olsen, owner of Botanica Gardens in Little Rock and nationally-recognized TV personality and public speaker

• 11:30 a.m. — Tamara Walkingstick, Associate Director, Arkansas Forest Resources Center

Sun plants include succulents, daylilies, surprise lilies, tiger lilies, daffodils, herbs, wildflowers, canna, bee balm, iris, Shasta daisies, shrubs, and trees. Houseplant favorites include Mother-in-law’s tongue, Swedish Ivy and variegated airplane plants. Plants for the shade garden include arum, hydrangea, hosta, impatiens, and ferns. Vegetables include a wide variety of plants suitable to the Arkansas summer heat. Payment may be made by checks or cash. Come early because the most popular plants sell out fast.

Customers will also have an opportunity to “Ask the Master” to learn more about their specific garden/lawn questions and about the MG program. For more information about the Plant Sale, contact the Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Service at 329-8344.

People throughout Faulkner County with horticultural skills, a willingness to learn and a desire to help others can become Master Gardeners. MG projects across Faulkner County include all county library branches, the County Courthouse and Museum, and the Legacy Gardens on Amity Road.

The proceeds from the plant sale first and foremost go to sponsor scholarships for both graduating seniors and college students.

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