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May 13, 2013
By Kayla Johnson
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will host its Annual Master Gardener Plant Faire and sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 18 at the Master Gardener Greenhouse #13, 920 Valley Road in Reno.
This year Washoe County Master Gardeners have teamed up with Hungry Mother Organics of Minden to learn the new growing methods and techniques of organic production. The collaboration has provided the Master Gardeners with an opportunity to learn from experts in the nursery business.
Thousands of certified organically grown plants will be available for sale. In addition to a few perennials and shrubs, the Plant Faire will feature more than 30 tomato varieties, 40 other vegetable varieties, 30 herb varieties and 20 annual flower varieties.
Four-inch plants will be for sale for $2.50, special squares will be priced at $6, and grafted and premium plants will be sold for $10. A portion of all sales will go to the Master Gardener Program to help the program continue to provide plant expertise to the community. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.
The annual event, where more than 8,000 plants were sold last year, is part of an effort to raise funds for the Master Gardener Program, said Wendy Hanson Mazet, coordinator of the program.
"The program is self-supported, so any of the funds from this sale will go toward maintaining educational materials for the volunteers to help the public with plant problems," she said. "It will also allow us to purchase any equipment needed for diagnosing plant problems and other materials needed to continue the program."
To receive more information, reminders or an advanced copy of the plant list, email Mazet at firstname.lastname@example.org.You can also "Ask a Master Gardener" your gardening and plant-care questions by emailing email@example.com.