Why Should I Participate in a Local Plant Sale?

Barbara Brown and Susan Cosio

Spring is an exciting time for gardeners. After the brown, sad look of our landscapes during the winter, green is coming up everywhere as perennial plants begin their growing season. Big box stores and nursery shelves are filled with plants to entice shoppers. But wait! There is another option for finding the best plants: Spring Plant Sales held by local gardening organizations.

Many Master Gardener associations hold local plant sales. They often have hard-to-find plants, native plants, and seedlings started by association members from their own gardens.

Most organizations or association plant sales provide knowledgeable volunteers to answer questions, including design, planting, and long-term care of your purchases. Master Gardeners are available to assist you. Prices may be a bit lower than for-profit nurseries, and best of all, your purchases help fund programs ranging from public gardens to gardening education and research.

Our very own Plant Sale is coming. The Denton County Master Gardener Association Spring Plant Sale will be on Saturday, May 4.

DCMGA will hold their Spring Plant Sale at Trinity United Methodist Church located at 633 Hobson Lane in Denton. This crowd-pleasing spring event offers a wide selection of native, well-adapted perennials, annuals, grasses, herbs, bulbs, and more, which do well in our challenging North Texas climate. Exciting new varieties will be available, as well as old favorites that require a little extra care in a pot or planter. Check out the Make an Offer section.

Master Gardeners will be at every table to help fellow gardeners find just the right plants. Beginning gardeners or gardeners new to North Texas can get landscape ideas, suggestions, and solutions from the Master Gardeners at the Gardenscapers table and have their specific gardening questions answered at the Ask a Master Gardener table. Come early for the best plant selection. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sellout—rain or shine. Wagons/carts will be available to shop with, but customers may bring their own.

Here is the weblink: www.dcmga.com/connect/spring-plant-sale.

Save the date: Don’t forget about our wonderful Garden Tour event that happens on May 11. Check out our website and purchase tickets for a great Saturday event on Mother’s Day weekend! For more information, go to our website at www.dcmga.com/connect/annual-garden-tour.

Check out these great plant sales!

April 13 and 14: Heard Museum Plant Sale fundraiser: www.heardmuseum.org/plant-sale

April 27: Trinity Forks Native Plant Society of Texas: www.npsot.org/event/trinity-forks-spring-2024-plant-sale

April 27: Collin County Master Gardener Association: ccmgatx.org/events/spring-plant-sale

May 4: Denton County Master Gardener Association: Top 100 Native and Adapted Plants for North Texas: tinyurl.com/3cp5yxtk

Earth-Kind Plant Selector: http://ekps.tamu.edu

Trinity Forks Native Plant Society (Denton). Lots of information about selecting native plants: www.npsot.org/chapters/trinity-forks/trinity-forks-resources

Happy Gardening!