Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant
Sale brings shoppers to the Logan County Fairground
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[May 14, 2019]
The Logan County Fairground was a busy place on Saturday morning. In
addition to the opening of the ALMH Market, the Logan County Master
Gardeners held its annual plant sale fundraiser just a few doors
down in the Special Events buildings.
The plant sale is a major fundraiser and features plants grown by
members of the Master Gardener Club.
With healthy plants going for as little as 50-cents each and no more
than $7, the plant sale is always a very popular event in Logan
Folks gather outside the building waiting for the 8 a.m. opening and
within minutes large boxes of plants of all kinds are exiting the
building in the arms of happy new owners.
In addition, there are always a large number of the Master Gardeners
on hand to offer tips and advice on particular plants and the
University of Illinois Extension sets up a table with reference
materials and other information about growing gardens in the
community that are not only lovely but beneficial to humans,
wildlife, insects and the environment.
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In the recent past and presently, the push is on from many groups to
increase the number of pollinator gardens within our community. The
Monarch Butterfly is endangered, and growing plants that will help
nourish those lovely insects has become a local initiative. The
Master Gardeners recognize this and had this year a number of plants
specifically for attracting butterflies and also bees.
Bees are another important pollinator insect that is vital for the
healthy production of many fruits, vegetables and food producing
plants. Increasing their feeding and habitat areas throughout the
community is important to keeping a healthy eco-system.
Also offered at the plant sale was a table with plants that are
considered “native” to our area.
And, as always there was a nice mix of herb and vegetable plants for
those who wish to grow edibles.
The Master Gardeners host two large fundraisers each year, the
Russel Allen Garden Day held early in the year and the plant sale.
The money earned from the fundraisers goes toward local club
activities and education.