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Garden fair, plant sale to bring Centre County gardeners together

The Centre County Master Gardener Garden Fair and Plant Sale features more than 5,000 plants and vegetables.
The Centre County Master Gardener Garden Fair and Plant Sale features more than 5,000 plants and vegetables. Centre Daily Times, file

Gardening enthusiasts will have their day in the sun on Saturday as the Centre County master gardeners host their annual garden fair and plant sale.

The fundraising event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ag Progress Days site in Pennsylvania Furnace, 2710 W. Pine Grove Road.

The event will feature more than 5,000 plants and vegetables for sale by more than 30 local vendors and presentations by gardening experts George Weigel and Carla Hass.

“We were trying to figure out how we could grow this whole idea of providing information and education to the gardening public, and we thought this was a great way to do it,” said event chairman Larry Campbell.

The Centre County Master Gardener Garden Fair and Plant Sale is sponsored by more than 11 organizations, including the Women’s Journal and AccuWeather.

Campbell said the event is meant to integrate an outreach component to the Penn State Master Gardener program. He has been the chairman since its inception six years ago.

Weigel is a nationally recognized master gardener. Two of his three books detail proper month-by-month gardening techniques for mid-Atlantic states and Pennsylvania. Weigel has also published a book concerning how to get started with gardening in the state of Pennsylvania.

In 2007, the Garden Writers Association honored Weigel’s column “Over the Garden Fence” and Patriot-News for the best Home and Garden section of the year. His hourlong presentation is sponsored by the Organic Garden Center.

Penn State lecturer and Master Gardener Hass will also deliver an hourlong presentation concerning good and bad bugs for gardening.

“We’ll have 20 varieties of tomatoes, including some varieties that are difficult to find in this area. We’ll have many varieties of peppers. We’ll have dozens of varieties of perennials, a lot of natives, herbs, annuals, just about every kind of garden plant we have (at the sale),” Campbell said.

In addition to the plant and vegetable sale, the fair will also include a garage sale, a silent auction and a raffle — all of which involve gardening in one way or another.

The garage sale will include the sale of used gardening tools and supplies at a lower price.

The vendors at the fair include Bartlett Tree Experts, the Organic Garden Center of State College, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment and Once a Leaf, to name a few.

The auction items include a selection of perennial shrubs, donated by the The Arboretum at Penn State, a truckload of mulch or stone and several more gardening tools and arrangements donated by master gardeners and local organizations.

IF YOU GO

  • What: Centre County Master Gardener Garden Fair and Plant Sale
  • When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Ag Progress Days site, 2710 W. Pine Grove Road, Pennsylvania Furnace
  • Info: http://extension .psu.edu/plants/master -gardener/counties/centre /plant-sale
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