Clinton County Master Gardener Plant Sale to be held May 18

PHOTO PROVIDED A flowering Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis), is one of several native trees and shrubs that are included in the sale.

MACKEYVILLE — The Penn State Master Gardeners of Clinton County are busy preparing for their annual plant sale which will be held on Saturday, May 18, at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.

The sale will include native trees, shrubs and perennials as well as herbs, vegetables, and transplants from Master Gardeners’ private gardens. Native plants play an important role in sustaining wildlife, especially pollinating insects, which face threats from numerous sources including land development, pesticides, loss of habitat, and disease. Because natives are sometimes difficult to find in local greenhouses and garden centers, the Master Gardeners include them in their sale to make it easier for local residents to obtain the trees, shrubs, and perennials that can help sustain pollinators as well as other beneficial insects and wildlife.

Native trees and shrubs offered this year include Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis), Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), Northern bayberry (Morella pensylvanica) and Fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica ‘gro low’). The Redbud trees will be available in #3 sized pots, while all other trees will be available in #2 pots.

This year’s perennial offerings include Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa “Hello Yellow’), which is a host plant for butterfly larvae, as well as Tickseed coreopsis (Coreopsis ‘Creme Brulee’), Coneflower (Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’) and Cransebill geranium (Geranium ‘Rozanne’). The Master Gardeners are very happy to offer the Rozanne geranium because it was named the Perennial Plant Association’s Plant of the year in 2008, has blue-violet flowers, and a very long blooming season. Perennials will be available in peat pots, which can be planted directly into the ground without disturbing roots.

In addition to native trees, shrubs, and perennials, Master Gardeners will offer transplants from their own gardens on the day of the sale. They have been busy digging out and potting up their transplants, which include Ninebark shrubs, Deutzia shrubs, irises, sedums, and Solomon’s seal, just to name a few.

At the sale, Master Gardener Ginny Counsil will conduct a workshop on planting a container that incorporates both herbs and flowering annuals. Master Gardener Apprentice Charles Kincaid will offer tips on garden tool cleaning and maintenance. Workshops will begin at 10 a.m. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions about incorporating native plants into backyards and landscapes. They can also help gardeners and homeowners with strategies for meeting other pollinator needs such as water, shelter, and safe habitat and provide information on environmentally friendly approaches to gardening and landscaping.

The sale includes plants that bloom at various times throughout the season to provide continuous sources of food for pollinators and beauty in home landscapes. The Master Gardeners recommend planting in clumps or drifts made up of several plants of the same variety to attract pollinators.

In addition to helping pollinators, native plants can be part of a move toward more environmentally friendly gardening. Native plants tend to require less supplemental watering and fertilizer, and may have better pest and disease resistance than non-natives.

The 2019 Plant Sale order form, available at https://extension.psu.edu/2019-plant-sale-in-clinton-county includes detailed descriptions of the perennials, trees, and shrubs available as well as ordering instructions. Those unable to download the order form may request one by calling the Clinton County Master Gardener hotline at 570-858-0198 and leaving a call-back message. A Master Gardener will return the call and send out an order form.

Plant sale orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. The Master Gardeners recommend submitting orders as early as possible. Orders will be available for pick up at the Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:00 am until noon at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, 98 Racetrack Road, Mill Hall, PA 17751.

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