|Don’t miss the 16th Annual Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale and EdFest on Oct. 08, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get great plants and advice for your landscape and to learn about the array of UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County services.
The event, co-hosted by Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers, runs 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
At the event, visitors can choose from hundreds of shrubs, trees, palms, annuals, herbs, and other plant varieties identified as “Florida-friendly” by the University of Florida, and get gardening and landscaping advice from Extension-trained Master Gardener Volunteers. The EdFest will showcase public programs and services offered through Extension, from agricultural advice to youth development.
“The Sarasota County Extension Master Gardeners work tirelessly throughout the year to prepare for this event. Most of the plants sold, they grow in their own backyards, carefully tended to use the skills they’ve honed over the years and with the education they gained through the Master Gardener Volunteer training program,” said Ashley Ellis, residential horticulture agent with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.
“We’re so excited to meet with visitors to match them with the right plants for their landscape, and to connect them with research-based solutions for their horticultural needs.”
Admission is free, with plant purchases available by cash or check. Proceeds from sales benefit Sarasota County Master Gardener Volunteer program efforts to support school gardens and community projects.
A new feature of this year’s event is the addition of two food trucks. The Big Blue and The Maine Line trucks will set up on-site, starting at 11 a.m., and serve an array of sandwiches, soups, beverages and more.
The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer program is led by the University of Florida and operated through county-level UF/IFAS Extension offices. In Sarasota County, the program supports demonstration landscapes and educational outreach projects and operates the popular Plant Clinic help desks.
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