Working to generate funds to maintain Eisenhower State Park and Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, the Grayson County Master Gardeners will be having its annual fundraiser this weekend. The group’s spring plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 322 W. Pecan Street, Sherman.
Proceeds from the spring sale will also go toward the group’s $1,000 horticulture scholarship, as well as to maintain gardens at Fairview Park in Sherman, Eisenhower Birthplace in Denison, McGee Meditation Garden at First Methodist Church in Sherman, Groff Beds at the Grayson County Courthouse and the memorial garden at First United Methodist Church in Whitesboro.
The master gardeners also landscape homes for Grayson County Habitat of Humanity homes.
“It’s a coincidence that this sale will be on Earth Day,” plant sale chairman Elizabeth Anne Jones said. “It’s a good coincidence though.”
There will be perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, ground covers, shrubs and other items. In past years, the group has raised between $2,000 and $3,000. This year there will be about 1,000 plants for sale, and organizers hope to raise around the same amount.
“We are not as pricey as the nurseries are,” Jones said. “Some plants will be $1 to $2.”
Jones said the most popular item at the sale is generally the tomatoes.
“A lot of people come to see and buy them,” she said. “We have a variety including heirlooms. Other vegetables are popular as well. We have a lot of native plants that the area nurseries do not have.”
The master gardeners decided to move this year’s sale from the Grayson County Courthouse lawn to an indoors space at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
“The weather caused us to move off of the courthouse lawn,” Jones said. “April weather is problematic. The sale has evolved from a small operation into a big sale. Since we will be indoors, rain or shine, we can do it.”
The master gardeners currently have about 65 gardeners and will have a class of 13 graduating this year.
“People do not realize that our monthly meetings are free and open to the public,” Jones said. “They are held at 11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. We have a speaker at each one.”
Saturday, the master gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions.