Annual Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale and EdFest
This annual, FREE, family-friendly, fall gardening event, held for the 16th time on Nov. 12, 2022 (and returning Oct. 14, 2023), 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. Check this page often for details on the next annual sale and open house, posted as they become available, or follow us at facebook.com/ufsarasotext.
NOTE: Proceeds from the sale benefit the Master Gardeners Chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, which supports Master Gardener Volunteer education outreach programs in Sarasota County.
Plant Sale: Find your right plant, for the right price!
EdFest Open House: See all that Extension has to offer you!
|Date||Oct. 14, 2023|
|Time||8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (tentative)|
|Location||UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
Twin Lakes Park, Green Building
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota 34241
|Cost||Free admission; plant prices vary (payment by cash/check only)|
Bring your boxes and wagons for your plants!
Labor of Love
Each spring since the early 2000s, 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.
That 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.