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Gardening column: Come to the Master Gardeners' plant sale this weekend

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Friday, May 19, 2017 12:01 am

Private plant sales hosted by various organizations are going on everywhere right now and I have the perfect sale this weekend to tell you about. One you don't want to miss!

Saturday and Sunday the Allen County Purdue Master Gardeners are having a two-day plant sale from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the glade at the Display Gardens. These gardens surround the Extension office and are located on the grounds of IPFW at 4001 Crescent Avenue.

These annual sales always offer a wide variety of very special perennials as well as some annuals. Most are from the Display Gardens and Master Gardeners' private gardens and all are being offered at very competitive prices. As always there will be someone to give you directions if you need them and help take your plants to your vehicle. Parking is close by in the parking garage or the open IPFW parking lot directly across from the sale. Come early and be prepared to take home plants you might not see anywhere else.

While you are there, Saturday or Sunday — or both, my hope is that you will take time to tour the gardens and enjoy the wide variety of beautiful plants growing in their natural settings. (All of these gardens are designed, planted, and maintained by Master Gardeners).

A few weeks later on June 17 there will be an open house from noon to 2:30 p.m. Aside from tours there will be a few vendors offering (what else) garden tips, tricks, decorations, more plants and free advice. Each of the 15-plus educational gardens you visit will be hosted by Master Gardeners who will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

The gardens are open year round so you are welcome to visit and take self-guided tours and if you like, call Ricky Kemery for an appointment for a guided tour by him or a master gardener at 481-6826. Much to my surprise there are local people who enjoy visiting several times a week summer and winter. I talked to a lady recently who takes her lunch over everyday — she finds the serenity of the gardens helps to renew her for the rest of the day at her workplace.

Just a word to those of you who might wonder, if you purchase perennials, is it still a good time to plant them or should you wait until fall. And, yes, it is still the perfect time to plant perennials, trees, shrubs, and other landscape plants. By planting them now instead of fall, and before the hot dry days of summer, they will have the whole season to become established before cold weather. Just be sure to keep them watered. Putting a plant in the ground then ignoring it — expecting the rain to do the rest — will almost guarantee that the plant will struggle and probably die

Jane Ford is an Advanced Master Gardener. Email questions to bloominthing@gmail.com. She also answers gardening questions with horticulture educator Ricky Kemery noon-1 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month on "The Plant Medic," a radio show on 95.7fm. This column is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of The News-Sentinel.

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