Master Gardener plant sale May 5

Published 9:27 am Thursday, April 27, 2017

ADVANCE – Caro Douse and Beth Dixon like to work in the garden. No, they love to work in the garden.

And they, along with fellow Davie County Master Gardeners, will share their love at the annual spring plant sale on Friday, May 5 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Cooperative Extension Center, 232 S. Main  St. in Downtown Mocksville.

Expect to find everything from common vegetable plants to hard-to-find perennials, from gardening gloves to Longnecker garden tools, from bluebird houses made from pallets to advice from the experts.

The plants are all grown by the Master Gardeners, most from their own collection. “We offer what we have and what we’re willing to share,” Douse said. They communicate well, so there will be a variety of well-marked plants, including photographs and growing information.

Dixon is a 2013 Master Gardener graduate. Douse graduated in 2014.

Dixon gardens for hours every day. Douse maybe not as often, but she needed some help after moving here from San Diego. “I knew desert plants. I had no idea what a weed here was. I was looking at my yard, and I didn’t know what to pull up.”

“Every time we have a Master Gardener meeting, there’s always one tidbit of information  that comes out. We learn from each other,” Dixon said.

“It’s a fabulous organization,” Douse said. “There’s so much support and people who care what you care about.”

Master Gardening doesn’t teach all the answers. But they do learn resources to find those answers. Pam Jones, Extension horticulture agent who teaches the class locally, told them she doesn’t as much care what they know. She cares they know where to go to find the correct information.

The plant sale is designed to make shopping easy, with plants arranged by categories. There will be azaleas, blueberries, lenten roses, herbs, trees, even a few water plants.