Prepare for spring planting at annual sale

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The Wilson County Master Gardeners annual plant sale is Saturday, April 13, at the Wilson County Agricultural Center, 1806 Goldsboro St. SW. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for current members of the Wilson Botanical Gardens; memberships may be purchased that morning. The general public will be admitted at 9. The sale ends at noon. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

A wide variety of plants will be available: greenhouse-grown vegetable plants and flowers, trees and shrubs, herbs, ornamental perennials, a large selection of irises, bulbs, pollinator plants and new this year, several varieties of carnivorous plants.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and give advice about the best plants for different environments. Nitrile garden gloves and treasures at the “Odds and Ends” table will also be available for purchase.

Greenhouse varieties are all open-pollinated to encourage everyone to save their own seeds for replanting. Five tomato varieties will be offered, including big slicers and cherry tomatoes. Some unusual peppers are being grown this year, such as Sugar Rush Peach hot peppers and habanada, a heatless habanero. Herbs include dill, parsley and basil. Master Gardeners are really excited about the Chinese pink celery.

Many flowers are also being grown, including different marigolds, zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers.

The Plant Rescue team has been collecting interesting ornamental perennials for the plant sale. There will be several types of Lenten roses, ornamental grasses, a wide variety of irises and both large and small banana trees. Perennial herbs such as lemon balm, echinacea, tansy and chives are beautiful, useful and beneficial to pollinators. Blueberry bushes and strawberry plants will also be available.

After shopping the plant sale, the Master Gardeners invite shoppers to visit the Wilson Botanical Gardens, which surround the Ag Center. Spring will be in full bloom, and the gardens have something for everyone to enjoy. The STEM Garden and Children’s Secret Garden are full of learning and play opportunities and are handicapped-accessible. The gardens are open every day of the year from dawn to dusk.

Proceeds from the annual Master Gardener Plant Sale provide funding for Master Gardener programs and for the Wilson Botanical Gardens.