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A Bounty Of Choices At Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

MARIPOSA – UCCE Master Gardeners of Mariposa County spring plant sale, “Treasures From Our Garden,” is growing like a weed.

The annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 28, from 8 a.m. to sell-out, at the Amigo Picnic Area at the Mariposa County Fairgounds.

Master Gardeners help customers make their choices – photo UCCE Master Gardeners

The Master Gardeners will have more than ever to offer. They have propagated hundreds of edible and ornamental plants such as 52 varieties of tomatoes, eight varieties of hot peppers, and four of mild peppers, for a start.

There are several types of eggplant and herbs to season your dishes — dill, summer savory, chives, mint, culinary sage, sweet basil, Thai basil, parsley, fennel and thyme.

You’ll find black and gold zucchini, pumpkin, watermelon, melons, and butternut squash, plus trees and shrubs, houseplants, California natives, and drought-tolerant offerings.

Ornamental plants such as iris at the annual UCCE Mariposa Master Gardener plant sale – photo UCCE MMG

As for ornamentals, they include native and drought-tolerant perennials, colorful salvias, perky petunias and zinnia.

You’ll find labels on all the one-gallon pots and clearly penned names on the rows and rows of red cups. Bring a box to carry away your bounty.

The art table will feature aprons, hummingbird feeders, hand-made metal garden signs, “cactus” rock gardens and painted garden tools.

The information center will be bigger than ever, with past coordinator Kris Randal and new coordinator Sheri Mace ready to help with your questions.

Other stops will include representatives from the FireSafe Council, Blue Ridge Services, Cal Fire, PG&E, and Natural Resource Conservation Service. The Resource Conservation District will be giving away around 800 sugar and ponderosa pine seedlings for you to plant. And here’s something completely new – The Mariposa Landfill will show off the results of its mulch program.

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