Upcoming Events- Annual Plant Sale & Spring Lecture Series
SAVE THE DATE –MAY 5—FOR A GREAT PLANT SALE
Another year of work, passion, and fun is underway for the 2018 Plant Sale. Most of the plants are donated by Master Gardeners from their own gardens. Some perennials are divided and dug up in the fall preceding the spring sale, and are then faithfully tended by volunteers for several months. There were nine organized potting parties this year where Master Gardeners dug up and potted dozens, sometimes hundreds, of plants from a single garden. Including plants from different gardens ensures diversity, and this year’s sale offers over 200 different varieties. Some plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and annuals, are grown from seed. The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards are also at the sale, offering expert advice on their always interesting mix of trees, many of which are also nurtured over the winter. In addition, there will be expert tool and knife-sharpening services available on site this year.
Native plants are again a focus of this year’s sale, with over 50 varieties available. The sale offers the added benefit of advice on selection and care from enthusiastic Master Gardeners. Volunteers are eager to share their experience and will help select combinations that offer dazzling color in a sunny spot or a serene mixture of pastels for a woodland setting. Or, they will offer advice on choosing plants that attract pollinators or choosing plants that don’t attract deer. It’s fun to share information with people who share your passion, and both customers and volunteers enjoy the morning.
The sale requires many months of planning and work by at least 90 Master Gardener volunteers. But the proceeds are then available for projects that benefit the community. That’s the really important part of the fun—being able to fund an array of Master Gardener projects such as: school garden clubs; horticultural courses as part of a re-entry program at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail; demonstration gardens at the Senior Center and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital; The Garden Shed online community newsletter; the Garden Basics program, which offers classes for beginner gardeners; Spring Lecture Series, which offers evening horticultural presentations to the public; Healthy Virginia Lawns, which promotes Best Management Practices in lawn care; and a Horticulture Help Desk, open to telephone and email inquiries five mornings a week from mid-March to mid-October, and at least two mornings a week the rest of the year. In 2017, PMG made a $5,000 grant to the McIntire Botanical Garden project and gave educational horticultural grants to 16 Charlottesville/Albemarle schools. The Plant Sale is an important source of funding for all these projects.
So, when you get the itch this spring to dig in the dirt and watch things grow, remember that there have been industrious Master Gardeners already hard at work, ready to offer plants, advice, and contagious enthusiasm at their Spring Sale!
SET ASIDE SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 TO JOIN US AT Ix PARK, SECOND STREET SE AND ELLIOTT AVENUE, DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTESVILLE, FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M. WE ARE OFFERING A LONGER SALE TIME WITH A LATER START TO ACCOMMODATE FAMILIES BUSY WITH SATURDAY MORNING ACTIVITIES. JOIN US! IT’S A GREAT EVENT FOR A GREAT CAUSE—AND YOU’LL FIND GREAT PLANTS!
Spring Lecture Series