Sale offers excellent selection, great prices

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners will have its annual plant sale in front of the main entrance to the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

Many different plants, "tried and true" plants of Gwinnett, that is, plants that grow well in our area, are available for sale at reasonable prices. There will be drought-resistant plants, vegetables, herbs, native plants, blueberries and many other excellent choices. The sale will also offer great yard art to accent your home lawn and garden.

The plant sale will also have demonstrations and talks on topics of interest to gardeners, such as pruning, composting, rain barrels and tomatoes by master gardeners and extension staff. There will also be an "ask the master gardener" booth where master gardeners will be available to answer any questions you have about your lawn or garden.

The proceeds earned from the sale will go toward master gardener projects for schools, parks and other worthwhile activities. The plant sale is a great opportunity to purchase high-quality, beautiful plants and contribute to an organization active in providing horticultural and environmental projects to the community.

The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association is part of a volunteer program that offers educational programs through county offices of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Individuals participating in the program receive more than 40 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in horticulture and related areas. The volunteers benefit from the classes, the ongoing training and the opportunity to share knowledge with others. The organization is more than just a garden club. The members contribute many volunteer hours to educating Gwinnett residents about horticultural, gardening and landscaping techniques. They also assist the Gwinnett County extension staff with office duties and by answering countless questions from Gwinnett County residents about gardening related topics.

The primary mission of the Gwinnett Master Gardener program is promoting environmental awareness through voluntarily educating the public about horticultural practices that encourage beautiful gardens and a healthy environment.

The annual plant sale, in addition to the newsletters, meetings, activities and projects, allows for the organization accomplishes its mission. For more information on the organization and the plant sale, go to the Web site at www.gwinnettcountymastergardeners.org or contact the Gwinnett County Extension office.

Timothy Daly, MS is an agricultural and natural resource agent with the Gwinnett County Extension Service. He can be reached at 678-377-4010 or timothy.daly@gwinnettcounty.com.