The 20th annual Cumberland County Master Gardener’s plant sale is slated for Saturday, May 18 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Avenue, Portland.
The sale features herbs, vegetable seedlings, an extensive variety of perennials (including the Perennial of the Year), house plants and a large assortment of annuals. Gardeners can pick up some shellfish compost by the bag or container. Also featured are a bake sale, raffles for many garden related products and services, as well as a sale of gently used garden tools. Participating this year will be a representative from Garbage to Gardens, a composting operation. Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to share growing tips and advice. It is the Cumberland County Master Gardeners’ largest fundraiser of the year.
The sales proceeds support the group’s Seed Grant program for community projects. These projects, which rely on master gardeners’ expertise and volunteer time, include large undertakings such as school gardens and community beautification programs, as well as small group or one-on-one sessions to teach individuals how to grow a back yard vegetable garden.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners have received in-depth horticultural training from university educators and industry experts. In return, they volunteer time to their communities. Master Gardeners in every Maine county are a vital part of UMaine Extension’s ability to provide up-to-date, research-based information, educating the public on best practices in consumer horticulture.