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15th Annual Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale and EdFest

Visitors look over an array of plants available at the 15th Annual UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Sarasota County Plant Sale and EdFestThis FREE, family-friendly, fall gardening event, held Oct. 09, 2021, featured sustainable gardening education, landscape problem diagnosis, and thousands of plants for sale, plus an open house that highlighted all UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County has to offer.

Proceeds from the sale benefitted the Master Gardeners Chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, which supports Master Gardener Volunteer education outreach programs in Sarasota County.

Labor of Love

Each spring for the past 15 years, Sarasota County's Master Gardener Volunteers have launched into work on an endeavor close to their hearts: the group's annual plant sale.

They begin growing plants for the fall fundraiser in early spring, collecting cuttings and propagating plants from their gardens. Each week, you will find the volunteers nurturing the plants, working through the heat of summer and fall, to be sure you can find that special, right plant for the right place in your landscape.

Master Gardener Volunteers work in preparation for the group's annual plant saleThat effort is at the core of the program. With a mission to provide research-based horticultural information and training, Master Gardener Volunteers aim to be the most-trusted resource for horticultural education in Florida.

These dedicated volunteers typically gather more than 300 varieties of plants, and raise approximately 2,500 plants for the sale. Many local residents also donated plants to support this effort.

But it doesn't stop there. You're sure to run into questions, whether it’s about what will grow in our area, when and how much to water, or just finding that "special, right plant" for your place. Don't worry; just find the nearest Master Gardener Volunteer (or Extension staff member). They love to help.