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Master Gardener Volunteers - “Grow It Right!” Benefit Plant Sale

Highbush Blueberry, Asparagus & Strawberry Plant Sale Benefits UMaine Master Gardener Volunteers!

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener Volunteers are offering a “Grow it Right!” plant sale in 2014 to raise funds for its Master Gardener Volunteers program. The educational aspect of this special project sets it apart from other plant sales.

The Master Gardener program has been active in Maine for more than 30 years. UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have assisted dozens of community gardens across the state, grown food for the Maine Harvest for Hunger program and conducted many other community-based volunteer efforts. Money raised will support those projects and provide scholarships to those who cannot afford the Master Gardener Volunteers training fee.

Members of the public can support the project by ordering a high-bush blueberry plant pack, consisting of three young plants, two varieties per pack, for $35.95; or a pack of 10 asparagus crowns for $15.00; or a pack of 25 young dormant strawberry plants for $15.00. Each type sold is suitable for Maine’s climate and is in a growth stage ready for planting in the spring.

Description of Strawberry Varieties for 2014 Grow It Right!
Strawberries are sold in packs of 25 plants. Sorry, we cannot mix varieties; only one variety will be in each pack. Select the variety you would like to order based on the description below:

  • Brunswick: From Nova Scotia. Medium to large blocky fruit, attractive, dark red. Somewhat tender, and may be tart if not picked fully ripe. Very high yielding. Plants are vigorous with some resistance to red stele.
  • Sparkle: Excellent flavored fruit, but dark red and somewhat soft. Fruit size is small by today’s standard and tends to decrease as season progresses. Fruit doesn’t hold color well when frozen. Plants are vigorous, copious runner producers with some resistance to red stele.
  • Wendy: From Nova Scotia. An early berry with good color, firmness and flavor. Yields have been very good. Not as early flowering as some other early varieties, so less frost damage. Plants are vigorous and may have some tolerance to red stele. Some growers have reported problems with leaf spot and winter injury.

Deadline to order May 1, 2014.

An order is a great gift idea for a gardening friend or family member.

Plants will be available for pick up at specific University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The office locations include: Hancock County in Ellsworth, Knox-Lincoln Counties in Waldoboro, Oxford County in South Paris, Penobscot County in Bangor, Piscataquis County in Dover-Foxcroft, Somerset County in Skowhegan, Washington County in Machias, and York County in Springvale. In addition, pick ups can be made in Cumberland County at the Barron Center in Portland and at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth.

Purchasers will receive expert advice on growing blueberries, strawberries and asparagus at every stage, and a take-home package of instructions from Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers.

To learn about planting, growing, and harvesting your highbush blueberry, asparagus or strawberry plants, including “How To” videos on site selection and soil testing, visit Grow It Right!

Proper site selection and a soil test are recommended prior to planting to help gardeners get the most out of their garden site. If at all possible, collect and submit your soil sample before the soil freezes this fall!

To request special accommodations or for more information contact Richard Brzozowski, 207.781.6099, toll-free in Maine at 800.287.1471 or email; or Marjorie Peronto, 207.667.8212 or toll-free in Maine at 800.287.1479 or email

Learn more about the Master Gardener Volunteer program and Maine Harvest for Hunger.

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Cooperative Extension: Garden & Yard
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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