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Master Gardeners presents annual Plant Sale on April 24

HUNTSVILLE – Leaving the winter cold and stormy weather behind, shoppers will find leaves of deep green and flowers in colors of the rainbow at the 2021 Plant Sale by Master Gardeners of North Alabama Inc.

The plant sale on April 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be held at Madison County Farmers Market, 1022 Cook Ave. W. in Huntsville. Admission is free, and the various plants and merchandise will have reasonable prices.

“Mark your calendars, and share information about the sale with your local families, friends, garden clubs, church groups and neighborhoods. Come enjoy our biggest and best Plant Sale yet,” 2021 chairperson Sue Khoury said.

This year, Master Gardeners have been growing vegetables in both heirloom and hybrid varieties. An heirloom plant has been passed from one generation to another, carefully grown and saved because of its desirability, possibly in taste or growing ease. A hybrid plant results from growing the seed from cross-pollination of two different plant specimens.

Herbs are always a popular selection at the sale. Some of the flower plants were grown in a greenhouse that students managed at a local school.

“We will also have a wide variety of plants shared by our members and interns, with an emphasis on native plants, plants for pollinators and wildlife and ‘pass-alongs,’” Khoury said. “All plants will be priced below typical market prices.”

In addition, a selection of garden- and nature-themed yard sale items will be available at real bargain-basement prices. Visitors also can try their luck with a raffle, and the gardeners will have a batch of giveaways for the shoppers.

Other activities throughout the day will include pH testing of soil, so bring a dry sample in a zip-lock bag, Khoury said. For a seed exchange, shoppers can bring viable seeds to swap for other individuals at the sale.

Visitors can learn about various plant types and learn solutions to plant problems at the “Ask a Master Gardener” booth. Gardening experts will attend who are experts at dealing with crape myrtle bark scale.

Master Gardeners of North Alabama is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that supports and promotes research-based home and garden practices for Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

For more information, text to Khoury at 256-508-2636, email sue.khoury@mginfo.org or visit mginfo.org or Facebook/Master Gardeners of North Alabama.

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