County Master Gardener 6th Annual Plant Sale
Putnam County UT Extension Master Gardeners are preparing to grow flowers
and vegetables for our 6th annual plant sale!
Dates and Times:
Fri Apr 28 2pm - 6pm
Sat Apr 29 8am - 2pm
Location: UT Extension Office Pavilion at
900 South Walnut Ave, Cookeville, TN
from the plant sale support PCMG projects throughout the year including the
various demonstration gardens we plan and maintain in Cookeville,
scholarships, and donations to schools and other projects.
past 5 years, we have learned a lot about growing plants in our greenhouse.
We have encountered a few challenges along the way, but none that prevented
us from persevering, learning, teaching and in the end, growing healthy and
beautiful plants! The one thing that is consistent is the inconsistency of
our Tennessee weather. Some years, the
weather could not have been better with perfect spring temperatures and
plenty of sunshine while other years we needed to hire a private investigator
to find the sun. With the mild winter we have had this year, will spring be
beautiful or will winter come late? We will find out soon enough but one
thing that is certain the enthusiasm of our master gardeners and interns will
come shining through.
and peppers are becoming our signature items.
This year we will have 17 different varieties of tomatoes; everything
from canning, slicing and salad, to a variety that can be grown on your
patio. Many of our plants are grown from seed by our master gardeners and
interns. This allows us to feature more heirloom and hard-to-find
selections. Of course we will also
have several tried-and-true hybrids for gardeners who prefer them. Bonnie Coburn, our pepper expert, will be
starting all our peppers from seed -- from mild to extra hot and everything in
between! Of course, our sale will feature other vegetables, herbs, annuals and
We plan to provide a few classes this year
as well. Rita Venable, author of the book, “Butterflies of Tennessee” will be
teaching a Butterfly class on Saturday afternoon. Other classes being offered
are: “Composting at home”, Bees in your garden and Tomatoes 101.
During the two days of the plant sale,
Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions, offer customers boxes, and carry items to their cars…. rain or shine. Once again, quality plants will soon be in
gardens throughout our area, thanks to the diligent care given by master
gardeners and interns who not only nurtured plants but nurtured knowledge and
Check back here in mid-April for a complete listing of plants available in the sale.