Spring is in the air (and for sale)

Annual Spring Market Plant Sale set for Saturday at Old Capitol

By Jean Henry/Capital Area Master Gardeners, Published:

The fourth annual Spring Market Plant Sale, sponsored by the Capital Area Extension Master Gardeners Association, is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the Old Capitol, Broadway. 

Proceeds from the Market will go to support CAMG projects, educational programs for the community, and the $2,000 CAMG scholarship offered each year to a local college student majoring in horticulture or an allied subject. 

One of the current community projects for the association is new landscaping for the Franklin County Senior Activity Center, 202 Medical Heights Dr. Wilson Nurseries donated a design plan and the association voted to contribute funds and work with Center volunteers renovating the soil and implementing the plan.

A special booth will be set up at the market to sell irises and daylilies removed from the Center’s old landscaping. Proceeds from this booth will go directly to the new landscape project.

An educational workshop, which was offered to the community in March entitled “Year-Round Color in the Shade Garden” was well attended and plans are being made for another workshop in the fall.

Jeri Howell won the scholarship for the second year. She is a sophomore at Centre College, majoring in environmental studies and carries an overall GPA of 3.9. The association has been able to increase the amount of the scholarship over the four years it has been offered because of the community’s support of the Spring Market.

The association’s Master Gardeners work hard to bring to the market a variety of plants and gardening accessories to promote gardening and help local gardeners. Use is made of indoor hothouses and outdoor floatbeds as well as a general sharing of plants grown in their gardens.

Among the plants offered will be flowering annuals, vegetables, perennials, heirlooms, herbs, native plants, groundcovers, houseplants, bulbs, and more.

The popular hypertufa planters and fairy houses will be offered again and there will also be many items available for a silent auction as well as vendors offering such things as homemade gardener’s soaps, honey, herbs and hanging baskets.

One of the association’s members who is a certified judge for the American Iris Society will be bringing 38 named varieties. Come early to take your pick from such varieties as Immortality, Beverly Sills, and Princess Caroline of Monaco, among others. 

Children are always encouraged to attend the plant sale. It’s never too early to get kids involved with green and growing things and this year there will also be some fun activities such as face painting and pot painting to keep the youngsters interested. 

The Spring Market Plant Sale is always a great way to celebrate the start of a new growing season.

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