May 1 column: Garden Fair & Plant Sale

Next Saturday, May 7th, there’s a local event you won’t want to miss! The Spokane County Master Gardeners will be putting on their annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The location is 222 N. Havana St., just south of the Spokane Fairgrounds and Indians ballpark. There is additional information on the Master Gardener Foundation’s website.

Peony herbaceous coral2My column in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review is a preview of what you’ll find at the Garden Fair & Plant Sale. Here is a link to it: Plant fair aims to educate, inspire.

I will be working at the area where the vegetable plants will be for sale, so be sure to come by and say hello. This year, I grew 2 types of peppers (‘Marconi Rosso’ and ‘Zavory’) and 2 types of artichokes (‘Green Globe’ and ‘Violetta Precoce’) for the sale. I also grew herbs for the herb booth: flat-leaf parsley, rosemary and ‘Lime’ basil. I hope you’ll adopt many of them!

Many of my Master Gardener colleagues grew plants for the sale, and many of us hosted “dig gigs” in our gardens, where we divided and potted up perennials for the sale. So be sure to come! You’ll find great deals (most perennials are $5 each) and help out your friendly Spokane County Master Gardener program in the process.