For over 20 years, local master gardeners have hosted an annual plant sale as a way to reach out and educate the community with annuals. It is also their best fundraiser as 100 percent of the proceeds goes to the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden.
The last two years, these master gardeners, who are also part of the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, have held the sale at the Senior Community Center of Owensboro-Daviess County, formerly the Munday Activity Center.
“It is guaranteed to be nice weather and there is better parking and more space,” Paul Puckett, chair of the event said.
More space is important because there will be over 500 plants available for purchase, including both annuals and perennials. Master gardeners will also have heirloom tomatoes available and the local herb society will have offerings of herbs that are popular for cooking and crafting.
Puckett said that most times, the WKBG offerings are less expensive than “box store” or nursery plants and flowers
“We nurture and grown from seed — we also purchase as well — and some are taken from yards,” Puckett said. “We want to show what will grow well.”
Master gardeners will be available to answer questions about the plants and flowers and the hope is that those who visit the sale become members of the WKBG.
“Being a member of the WKGB will help you get in free or at a discounted price to other botanical gardens in the U.S.,” Puckett said.
Boy Scout troop 611 will be at the event for the second year to help carry purchases to customer’s vehicles.
“They did a great job last year and were very courteous,” Puckett said.
The plant sale is April 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Senior Community Center or Owensboro-Daviess County which is located at 1650 West 2nd Street.
Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.