Master Gardeners to host plant sale, gardening education day
The Aiken Master Gardeners invites the public to its plant sale and semi-annual gardening education day from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
The event will be held at the Aiken Farmers Market on the corner of Richland Avenue and Williamsburg Street, east of downtown Aiken.
Plants for sale include vegetables, herbs, ornamental perennials and annuals, shrubs and trees. All plants will be sold at reasonable prices, according to the Aiken Master Gardeners.
Plant sale chair Cheryl Trottier said, “Most of these plants are divisions from the yards of our Master Gardeners. We work hard every spring to share our best plants with the community.”
People are encouraged to bring their gardening questions to the event for the Meet a Master Gardener group and members of the Beekeepers, Blue Bird Society, Camellia Society, Rose Society, Orchid Society and CoCoRaHS.
There also will be free horticulture demonstrations, including small-scale composting, turfgrass selection and weed control, fire ant control, and year-round ornamental containers.
Master Gardener Pam Glogowski said she is excited about the small-scale composting demonstration, which “provides gardeners a way to enrich sandy soils, to participate in nature’s recycling and to save money in the bargain.”
People also can learn to compost on a larger scale; a composting troubleshooting guide will be available.
The Master Gardeners have hand picked a special selection of drought-tolerant plants from Nurseries Caroliniana, and they will be for sale at the event.
Attendees are encouraged to participate in a perennial exchange with others by bringing a plant with them and exchanging it with a plant from a special table set aside for that purpose. Plants should be labeled.
Proceeds will be used for Master Gardener community education projects.
In the event of rain, the event will be held on May 4 at the Farmers Market. For more information, call the Aiken Master Gardener office at 803-649-6297 ext. 122.