CCMG Plant Sale featuring Native Plants will be here before you know it!
This will be the 7th year running for the annual Carroll County Master Gardener plant sale, but it will be its first year without its longtime organizer, Joan Epler. For years, Joan worked tirelessly to make sure the Master Gardener Plant Sale has been a way for the Master Gardener volunteers to share their love of nature, plants and the environment by dividing their own plants and sharing them with the community. Her presence will be missed, but the spirit of the event still holds strong.
Originally started as a fundraiser to support the many demonstration gardens and programs conducted throughout the year, the Annual Plant Sale has become a lot more.
“Much of our programming revolves around the promotion of Native Plants in the landscape and heirloom vegetable varieties. However, it is not always easy for the public to find these plants in the regular nurseries or big box stores. Carroll County has better options than other places, but it became evident that we need to supplement our programs with ways to get folks started.”
-Master Garden Program Coordinator Courtney Coddington
Each year the sale is a careful selection of our favorite annuals and perennials. As a preview to the beloved Tomato Festival held at the Westminster Farmers’ Market in August, our selection will include heirloom tomato plants and advice on how to take care of them.
A garden flea market will feature gently used tools, decorative items, and other gardening paraphernalia. Often, the flea market is a great place to find items donated by Master Gardeners and other Carroll residents. Donation have been a strong driving factor of the sale. In years past, when avid gardeners plan to sell their properties, the Master Gardeners have been invited to dig some of the extra plants on the lots to help thin them out for a reduced maintenance landscape. Last year the Historical Society of Carroll County donated a huge amount of plants when the Society’s gardens underwent a renovation.
The Plant Sale becomes more of a Plant Adoption rather than a sale, as Volunteers are on hand to answer questions about the care of the plants and also share the stories the varieties. Patrons leave with not only a new plant to add to their landscape but also a bit of oral history to pass on.
Come early on the day of the sale! Plants go quickly! Volunteers will be able to assist with loading plants in your vehicle. We accept cash or check only at this time.