This weekend, Sat. May 11 from 8 until 3, the Annual Plant Sale, sponsored by the Polk County Master Gardeners, will be held at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

An abundance of plants, many from our local gardens will be for sale. These have always been popular because local plants are already adapted to our local conditions. In addition, there will be special varieties purchased for resale, usually trees and shrubs, that have been requested from former events. There will be lots of succulents this year, and, pre-planted arrangements as well. Hanging baskets and colorful container gardens make an especially nice gift for Mother’s Day—which just happens to be the day following the Sale.

The plants will be displayed on tables labelled Annuals or Perennials, and sun- and shade-loving choices. Written information will be available on each table, and knowledgeable Master Gardeners will be on hand to talk with you about your new plants.

After collecting plants from the tables, you will be directed to the Cashiers Corner, where payment will be by cash or check (no debit or credit cards). Then, you will be directed to leave your plants in a holding area supervised by our local 4-H Club members, while you go back for more plants. When you have finished shopping, you will drive by the back door, and the young people will locate your purchases, bring them to your car, and help to load them.

The Annual Plant Sale raises funds which are funneled back into the community, primarily through donations to scholarships for Polk County students continuing beyond high school, who plan to study some aspect of Horticulture or Agriculture.

We could not possibly make this event take place without hours and hours of volunteer labor, and the generous support of our sponsors in the community. Master Gardeners exist as an organization with two basic goals: to educate the public about horticultural practices, and to serve the public by maintaining beautification projects in Mena.

Your participation will help make this event a success. We hope to see you there!

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