Shoppers can choose from more than 4,000 perennials, shrubs, succulents and vegetable plants during the Curry County Master Gardener Association’s annual plant sale.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Gold Beach High School cafeteria at 29516 Ellensburg Ave.

Throughout the year, association members have been taking cuttings, propagating, and nurturing plants. Among the favorites are a wide variety of heathers, hebes, salvias, geraniums and hydrangeas. Also, a non-invasive butterfly bush, bright orange and yellow pocketbook plant, fuchsias, Mexican orange, licorice plant and cryptomeria. These are just a few of the hundreds of varieties of perennials. Also included are a wide variety of succulents.

Most are often unavailable at chain stores and all are known to thrive in Curry County, according to Scott Thiemann, Master Gardener coordinator.

Also available are novelty garden planters including an assortment of driftwood, hypertufa and ceramic planters.

In addition to the sale of plants and merchandise, Master Gardeners will be available for advice and guidance and to answer questions on all aspects of gardens, plants, trees, and insects. Veteran Master Gardeners will present informational forums throughout the day.

Proceeds from the sale fund Master Gardener activities, Thiemann said. In past years, the proceeds funded the hoop house greenhouse at Riley Creek Elementary School in Gold Beach. Children participate and learn gardening skills and are introduced to growing hydroponic lettuce for the school cafeteria.

Proceeds are used in Brookings to help fund the ABC preschool gardening program, school gardens, a Junior Master Gardener program, and various community and memorial gardens in Gold Beach and Brookings.

In the future, Master Gardeners of Curry County plan to build a demonstration garden with a greenhouse in order to offer more educational classes and services to the public, Thiemann said. The association is looking for property in which to build the gardens.

For more information about the Master Gardener program, contact the Curry County Extension Office at P.O. Box 488, Gold Beach, OR 97444; 541-247-6672 or 800-356-3986; or scott.thiemann@oregonstate.edu.

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