The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County Plant Sale offers great variety.
Now that it seems the warm weather has finally made its way to New Jersey, it’s time to get those gardens ready for days full of sunshine. The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County will hold their annual plant sale on Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.
The plant sale will include specialty tomato varieties, including the new Rutgers 250, culinary herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and small trees. According to a recent release, many of the plants were grown from seed or cuttings in the Master Gardeners’ own greenhouse, including a wide variety of coleus.
“Our mission continues to provide high quality plants to the public and the opportunity to learn more about the gardening experience, from its impact on the environment to what to serve on their dining table,” said Helen Stack, Plant Sale Chair.
For those who might not be familiar with selecting plants, there will be Master Gardeners on hand to help guide the experienced and novice gardener on the right plant for them as well as providing information on the right location with instructions for its care. Additionally, the Vegetable Teaching Demonstration Garden will be open at Presby with Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions. Master Gardener Beekeepers will conduct a demonstration at Garibaldi Hall. Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline staff will be onsite. Visitors are encouraged to bring their questions on disease, pests, plant identification and cultural care.
In addition to on-site staff being able to answer questions for the newest gardener, fact sheets will be available on a variety of topics including gardening for pollinators.
The Master Gardeners of Essex County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, with the annual Plant Sale being the only fundraiser. Proceeds are used to fund the efforts to beautify and improve the quality of life in Essex County. At the sale, visitors can use cash, check and credit cards (Discover, Visa and MasterCard only). There will be some boxes available, but customers are encouraged to bring along a garden or child’s wagon for easier transport.
The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens are located at 474 Upper Mountain Ave., in Montclair, N.J. After the plant sale in Montclair, the sale will continue on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Garibaldi Hall (next to Essex County Environmental Center), located at 621A Eagle Rock Ave.,in Roseland, N.J. Be sure to take advantage of one of these opportunities to beautify your garden.