The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County will hold their annual plant sale on Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Ave., Montclair. The sale continues on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Garibaldi Hall (next to Essex County Environmental Center), 621A Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland.
The sale will include specialty tomato varieties including the new Rutgers 250. Culinary herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and small trees will be on hand. Many of the plants were grown from seed or cuttings in the Master Gardeners’ own greenhouse, including a wide variety of coleus.
Master Gardeners will help guide the experienced and novice gardener on selecting the right plant for the right location with instructions for its care. The Vegetable Teaching Demonstration Garden will be open at Presby with Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions. Master Gardener Beekeepers will conduct a demonstration at Garibaldi Hall.
Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline staff will be onsite. Visitors should bring their questions on disease, pests, plant identification and cultural care. Fact sheets will be available on a variety of topics including gardening for pollinators.
“Our mission continues to provide high quality plants to the public and the opportunity to learn more about the gardening experience, from its impact on the environment to what to serve on their dining table” said Helen Stack, a Verona resident who is the Plant Sale chair.
Forms of payment accepted are cash, check and credit cards (Discover, Visa and MasterCard only). For ease of shopping, although we have boxes and holding areas for your selections, some customers prefer to bring along a garden or child’s wagon.
The Master Gardeners of Essex County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our annual Plant Sale is our only fundraiser. Proceeds are used to fund our efforts to beautify and improve the quality of life in Essex County. You can also follow them on Facebook.
Photos courtesy Suzanne Broullon.