Get free, expert advice on gardening, landscaping, specific questions about plants answered, good prices on plants and more at the Dakota County Master Gardener plant sale this weekend. The annual plant sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., May 14th, 2011 at the University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education Park (UMore), 1605 West 160th Street, in Rosemount.
The plant sale is a fundraiser, so bring your neighbors. You’ll get more than your money’s worth from all the valuable advice from the volunteer Master Gardeners who have lots of hands-on gardening experience, knowledge about native plants, soil conditions, care of plants, smart landscaping and more.
What’s new this year for the Dakota County Master Gardener plant sale?
2011 brings new items for sale: compost, aged horse manure and several varieties of heirloom tomatoes. All this in addition to the hundreds of plants available including native grasses, other native plants, hostas, daylilies, coneflowers, herbs, fruits and shrubs that are appropriate for hardiness plant zone 4a.
Also new this year will the the multi-tiered plant risers that allows for better display of the plants and easier shopping, and fabric sails to protect shade-loving plants from too much sun. Bring a cart for faster checkout, and come early as plants sell out quickly.
What’s great about buying plants at this particular fundraiser is that planting and care instructions come with every purchase.
More info about the Dakota County Master Gardeners
The plant sale is in alignment with the mission of the Master Gardener program, as it is one of the ways it serves the community (with advice as well as availability of native plants):
The Master Gardeners of Dakota County Program is a community outreach program of the University of Minnesota Extension, with a mission to improve the quality of life and enhance the economy and the environment of the Dakota County community through education, applied research and the resources of the University of Minnesota.
In Dakota County, there are more than 130 active Master Gardeners who volunteer several thousand hours per year.
The proceeds from the plant sale fundraiser are earmarked for educational programming and the operation of the Master Gardener Program, which is volunteer-led. According to Master Gardener Carrie Romig, the Dakota County Master Gardeners “are beginning to expand [their] community garden efforts with an emphasis on vegetable seed planting with children.” Also slated for this year are educational “mini-events” also held out at the UMore location in Rosemount.
Make sure to check out the Dakota County Master Gardeners’ new Facebook page (I’m one of the 7 people who clicked “like” and became a fan of theirs). This is just one more shining example of the efforts of conservation and environmental organizations using social media to promote their events and bridge generational gaps real or imagined.
Sources and Resources
Basics of butterfly gardening
Info on trees in Dakota County
Dakota County Master Gardeners website