Master Gardeners plant sales offer expert advice with bargains

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Master Gardener chapters in neighboring Greene and Christian counties will be having plant sales on upcoming weekends in April and May respectively. (NOTE: Since the print publication of the April issue, the date and location of the Christian County sale have changed to May 7 in Nixa.)

Gardeners are advised to arrive early if they want the best choices of shrubs, small trees, bulbs, perennials, annuals, grasses, ground covers, houseplants, vegetables, herbs and garden related items. Cash, checks and credit or debit cards are accepted. Both sales will continue until everything is sold.

Christian County Master Gardeners with plants for sale at the 2014 Fall Plant Sale.

Christian County Master Gardeners with plants for sale at the 2014 Fall Plant Sale. This year the sale will be May 7 at the Nixa Executive Meeting Center.

Greene County Master Gardeners
In Greene County, the 19th Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale in Greene County will start at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, April 30, at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center located in the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield. Master Gardeners will be on site to assist with purchases and answer questions.
Members of the Master Gardeners of Greene County sell plants from their own gardens and from the two Springfield gardens that Master Gardeners maintain in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park and at the Xeriscape on South National at Linwood.
This fundraiser helps the Master Gardeners of Greene County maintain the public demonstration gardens and serve the public by providing quality lawn and garden programs.
If you have questions or need more information about the sale in Greene County, contact the Greene County Extension Center at 417-881-8909 or visit www.mggreene.org.

Christian County Master Gardeners
On May 7, the Master Gardeners of Christian County have changed the time and location of their plant sale to the Nixa Executive Meeting Center, 421 W South Street, Nixa, MO. (Just south of Hwy 14 off 160 on South Street.) The sale will be from  from 8-11 a.m.
The Christian County Master Gardener cookbook “A Garden of Eatin’ ”will also be for sale.
For more information about the sale in Christian County, contact the MU Extension office in Ozark at 417-581-3558.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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