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Master Gardener Plant Fest May 20

Posted: May 18, 2017

Spigelia, or Indian pink, is a much sought-after U.S. native perennial, with bright red and yellow flowers that hummingbirds love, well-suited to a lightly-shaded woodland garden. It is often hard to find at local garden centers, but the Master Gardeners will have it for sale at their Plant Fest on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Other beautiful U.S. natives available for sale at Plant Fest include tall larkspur (delphinium), eastern beebalm, and ‘Jeana’ phlox.

Join Penn State Extension Cumberland County Master Gardeners for great plants at great prices at their thirteenth annual Plant Fest on Saturday, May 20, at the Cumberland County Service Center, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle, PA. The plant sale runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Sorry, we can’t accept credit or debit cards; cash or checks only. Proceeds benefit the educational outreach programs of Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Cumberland County.

Plant Fest is easy to find, just off Exit 44 of I-81 on Allen Road (Rt. 465) across from the Sheetz. Look for the big tents on the lawn next to the Service Center building, which houses the Penn State Extension office and other county government departments.

The Master Gardeners will be offering great prices on native plants and treasured plants from their own gardens, as well as pollinator-friendly plants, shrubs, small trees, herbs, groundcovers, and vegetable plants, including heirloom and hybrid tomato and pepper varieties. There will also be a selection for sale of unique containers, planted with succulents, herbs, and annuals, created from re-purposed household objects – each a one-of-a-kind creation.

Special plant vendors this year are Spring Haven Natives and Perennials and the Friends of King Gap, offering a wide selection of beautiful native and shade perennials and small shrubs.

Local community organizations and vendors will have educational exhibits and items for sale, including the “Happy Beekeeper” Tom Jones, Carlisle Garden Club, Kurt Brantner Pottery, Showers of Buttons, Letort Regional Authority, Stacey Potts of Spiral Crawl Design, and the Carlisle Chapter of International PEO. Buckets of “black gold” (composted horse manure) will also be available for a suggested donation of $5.00, with proceeds benefiting the Boots & Hooves 4-H Equine Club.

There will be pollinator-friendly gardening plants and information, children’s gardening information and resources on creating a taco garden, a plant clinic to answer your garden questions, and a gardeners’ yard sale with unique garden-related items, including books, at very reasonable prices.

Make Plant Fest 2017 the grand finale of your spring plant shopping. There is something for everyone!