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Master Gardener plant sales offer choice picks for home gardeners


By Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Master Gardener plant sales are happening all around the state, offering home gardeners a wide assortment of annuals, perennials, pollinators, herbs, vegetables and more. A word of advice though: Arrive early.

At a recent sale at the Pulaski County Master Gardeners greenhouse in Little Rock, customers lined up well before the 8 a.m. start time for the two-day sale. Within an hour, hot items like the yellow lantana had been scooped up, and by the end of the first day, most of the annuals and heirloom tomato plants were sold out.

“It was probably the best showing we’ve had on the first day, and it helped that the weather cooperated,” said Pulaski County Master Gardener Jessica Rogers, who co-chaired the plant sale. “We saw a lot of experienced gardeners coming for something specific. We grow a lot of natives from cuttings, and we had some unique native perennial plants.”

More than 30 Master Gardener plant sales are happening around the state. The sales started in April and will continue through the first week of June. Find a sale at www.uaex.uada.edu/plant-sales.

Novice and experienced gardeners benefit from the sales by getting healthy plants at prices often below those at gardening centers. As an added perk, buyers can talk to Master Gardeners on site to get their knowledgeable recommendations for plant selection and care.

Proceeds from the plant sales, in turn, benefit the communities in which they are held.

“The Master Gardener plant sales are the primary source of revenue for our Master Gardener groups,” said Randy Forst, extension consumer horticulture educator and Master Gardener coordinator for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “They fund beautification projects, education outreach and scholarships for students pursuing plant-related studies.”

Upcoming plant sales include:

April 27: Craighead County, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Judd Hill Farmers Market, 3360 Aggie Rd., Jonesboro

April 27: Cleburne County, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 725 S. 4th St., Heber Springs

April 27: Drew County, 8-11 a.m., Monticello Coffee Co., 316 Highway 425 South, Monticello 

April 27: Independence County, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., UACCA, Batesville

April 27: Polk County, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds, 603 Dequeen St., Mena

April 27: Baxter County 9-10:30 a.m., Baxter County Fairgrounds Livestock Barn, Mountain Home

April 27: Montgomery County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Mount Ida

April 27: Arkansas County, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Arkansas County Fairgrounds, DeWitt

May 4: Pope County, 8 a.m.-Noon, Fairgrounds, 500 S. Knoxville, Russellville

May 4: Union County, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Historic Newton House Museum, 510 N. Jackson St., El Dorado.

May 4: Madison County, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Watson Primary School parking lot, 314 N Gaskill St., Huntsville

May 4: Prairie County, 9-11 a.m., Hazen Community Center

May 4: Stone County, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Extension Homemakers Club (EHC) building at Stone County Fairgrounds, 216 Warren St, Mountain View

May 10-11: Crittenden County, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 12401 Hwy 70 W, Proctor

May 11: Faulkner County, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Conway Expo Center. 2505 E. Oak. St, Conway

May 11: Greene County, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Paragould Farmers Market Community Pavilion

May 11: Van Buren County, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Van Buren County Fairgrounds, 1827 Arkansas 16 East, Clinton

May 11: Madison County, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Kingston Square

May 11: Logan County, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Union Bank Community Center, Paris

May 17-18: Benton County Plant Sale & Expo, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.Friday and 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, Bentonville. 

June 8: Boone County, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Downtown Square, Harrison

The Master Gardener program started with 40 members in four counties — Garland, Jefferson, Pulaski and Saline. Today, more than 3,200 members volunteer in 67 of the state’s counties. 

To learn about Arkansas Master Gardeners, visit or www.uaex.uada.edu/Master-Gardeners or contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. 

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