There is no more certain sign of spring than a plant sale. The Seneca County OSU Master Gardeners are celebrating the season with their annual sale at the Seneca County Fairgrounds May 21-22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, as part of the flea market.
With 16 new Master Gardener interns now a part of our group, this year's sale promises to be bigger and better than ever. All the plants displayed for sale are divisions and transplants from our own local gardens. They are perfectly suited to growing conditions in this area.
As always, there will be a wide range of perennials large and small, ready to grace your garden for years to come, including purple coneflowers, Shasta daisies, black-eyed Susan, coral bells, sedum, columbines and many others.
Hostas are always popular, and we will have a good supply of daylilies.
If you need shrubs, you will find lilac, forsythia, rose of Sharon and more.
There also will be ornamental grasses, rhubarb and asparagus, strawberry and raspberry plants, herbs and vegetables, all potted to plant in your garden now, and bundles of asparagus and rhubarb ready for the kitchen.
The sale will go on rain or shine, and as we seem to have received more than our share of rain this spring, we are hoping for a lot of "shine" for the occasion.
Gardeners looking for herbs will find many to choose from, and there will be some miniature plants and dish gardens for the collector.
Every pot will be labeled with the correct name of the plant, conditions needed for growth, flower color where applicable, height and other information, and all the Master Gardeners working at the sale are there to help with more information and recommendations for your situation.
We will be located near the entrance of the fairgrounds, just off to the right of the main drive, and will be under cover in our tents.
This year, there will be a table staffed with Master Gardeners to answer your questions. If we do not have an immediate answer, your problems will be referred to
the resource line, and the personnel staffing that facility will get back to you with suggestions.
At this table, there also will be an opportunity to register for the Fairy Garden Workshop to be 10 a.m.-noon June 18 at the Extension office on SR 100. This is limited to 25 people; last year, we filled up quickly, so early registration is advised. The cost is $15, and everyone attending will take home their own miniature garden.
May is a great month for gardening programs. One to note is the visit of Laura Deeter, who will speak on "Underutilized Perennials" at the Extension office from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Advance registration at (419) 447-9722 is requested, and a $5 fee to cover expenses will be collected at the door.
Local nurseries and garden centers are full to bursting with plants at this time; we are very fortunate to have so many excellent resources for our gardens locally.
We waited through that cold winter and the wet and windy start to spring, so let's get out and take advantage of all these opportunities.