Master Gardener volunteers of Clinton

PLATTSBURGH - What are most people looking for in their landscapes? Most want color and low maintenance. One way create a colorful, low maintenance home landscape is through perennials. Perennials are herbaceous cold-hardy plants that grow back year-after-year. The Master Gardener Volunteers of Clinton County will be helping county residents add color to their landscapes by holding their second annual perennial plant sale. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension's gardening programming in the county.

The plant sale will be held Saturday, June 6 beginning at 9:30 a.m., until all the plants are gone. All of the one-gallon plants will be priced at $5 per plant. The sale will be taking place at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office located at 6064 State Route 22.

"This year the sale will be a little bit different than last year," said Anne Lenox Barlow, the county's horticulture educator. "Last year we were a bit overwhelmed by the crowds and the speed of the sale."

So more people have the opportunities to buy plants that have been grown in the gardens of Master Gardener Volunteers, a new purchasing process has been developed.

"When a person comes to the sale, they will be asked to stand in line. Only 10 people will be allowed into the plant area at a time. And, each person is limited to three plants. If that individual wants more plants, he or she will be welcomed to pay for their plants and then get back in line to purchase additional perennials," stated Lenox Barlow. "We are hoping to create a more relaxed and educational environment."

Besides the sale, the Master Gardener Volunteers will be staffing a resource tent and will be encouraging members of the public to visit the demonstration perennial garden and square-foot vegetable garden that morning. Popular fact sheets and resource will be available and the volunteers will be answering any lawn and gardening questions the public may have.

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