Annual Plant and Garden Sale – Find Us at the Fairgrounds
The 2016 Lincoln County Master Gardener Plant and Garden Sale opens Saturday, May 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To make room for growth, this popular sale has moved from the Newport Armory to the Main Exhibit Hall of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, promising more space and added features.
New this year will be educational demonstration booths explaining cloche construction, bees and pollinators, adaptive gardening ideas, rain water collection, composting concepts, food preservation and nutrition. A full-sized cloche will be raffled and soil amendments, new and used garden tools and books will be available at bargain prices.
For the past 16 years, Lincoln County Master Gardeners have run the sale, providing high quality, locally grown and nurtured plants to the public. A wide selection of healthy tomatoes, vegetable starts, native plants, culinary herbs, annuals and perennials are displayed for sale. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions, provide selection advice and help with loading purchases into customers’ cars.
All plants offered at the sale are grown in Lincoln County by more than 40 Master Gardeners who donate and propagate seeds and plant cuttings well in advance. They then spend two days setting up and pricing the horticultural array. Because our coastal air and soil are usually not warm or dry enough to plant vegetable seedlings until late May and early June, the Plant Sale is held just prior to the optimum time for putting them into the ground. All plants are carefully chosen for our environment and customers are assured that they are adapted to the coastal climate and soil.
In past years, long lines have formed early in the morning and 70% of the plants are sold in the first two hours. Sally Reill, creator of the first plant sale, says, “When the doors open, there is a huge stampede of people and we just watch in awe!” All proceeds from the sale help fund LCMGA educational projects such as college scholarships, Round Table programs and the five demonstration gardens.
Join the Master Gardeners at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 21. If you have a wagon, bring it to fill with horticultural hope and spend a few hours of fun with garden gurus and green thumbs.