Sunday, March 21, 2010

Get your plants here!

The Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation partners with the WSU Extension program in providing Master Gardener services for Snohomish County. Our Foundation provides part of the funding for MG training, community diagnostic clinics, demonstration gardens, and other programs and events such as the popular Winter Lecture Series, the SCMG Garden Tours, and the annual SCMG Plant Sale each May.

The primary fund raiser for the Snohomish  2008 ps shoppingCounty Master Gardener Foundation is our annual plant sale.  This year, the sale will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 9am - 2pm at McCollum Park. The park is located at 600 128th Street SE in south Everett.

We offer an extensive selection of perennials and  ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and edibles for sale to the public.  Our sale is famous for its impressive selection of tomato varieties including old favorites, new varieties and heirlooms. This year, we will have 5000 tomato plants in over 100 different varieties.   We are responding to the increased interest in vegetable gardening this year with 3,000 herb and vegetable starts for your kitchen garden.

In addition to plants grown by Master Gardeners, we host an interesting assortment of specialty nursery, gift and garden art vendors during the sale.  This year, the vendors at the sale include:

Bouquet Banque Nursery

Wild Song Nursery

Oudean’s Willow Creek Nursery 

Mt Forest Farm/Robyn's Nest

Keeping it Green

Namaste Gardens

White Picket Gardens 

Sydney Acres

On the day of the sale, maps are available to show the location of plants, vendors, holding area, vegetable, herb, tomato areas and cashiers. Banner signs designate the various areas: perennials, which are laid out alphabetically; trees, shrubs, roses and natives; hardy fuchsias and geraniums; shade plants; and tomatoes, vegetables and herbs.

There will also be a clinic table set up and manned all day by MGs to answer your questions-just like the community clinics that we have all season in various locations around the County. There is also a team of roving “Ask Me” MGs to assist customers.

The Plant Sale is pulled together over months by an amazing team of MGs. Early in the year, the Grow team starts tomatoes and vegetables in several greenhouse locations. Before the sale, all of these plants mustIMG_0003 be nurtured, repotted and transported to the park.  About mid March, MGs begin delivering donated plants to McCollum. The potting shed team, assisted by groups of other MGs, begins to pot up the donated plants. Cashiers and Ask Me team members are trained.

The week before the sale, McCollum resembles a bee hive as MGs work in shifts to sort and identify plants, keep the plants healthy and organize the plants for the sale. The pricing team researches comparable plants and prices the donations.

The Thursday before the sale, we begin preparing the layout. The set up team begins to move  and set up tables, plants, tents and whatever else is needed. Vendors receive assistance setting up. Once the sale is over, there is a team that tears down and returns McCollum Park to its original condition.

All of this is planned and coordinated by the incredibly talented Plant Sale chairs: Michele Duncan, Janice Tallman, Sharon Thayer and Mary Lou Hart. The SCMG Plant Sale is a much anticipated annual horticultural extravaganza. Don’t miss it!

If you have questions about the plant sale or about the Master Gardener program, call the WSU Extension office at (425) 357-6010.


  1. awesome! Are you going to be there?

  2. Can't think of any place I would rather be. I know it will be a huge success!