• What: WSU Master Gardener Plant Sale
• When: Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Where: GESA Credit Union parking lot, 1005 N. Wenatchee Ave.
• Note: All proceeds benefit programs offered by the Master Gardener Association of Chelan County.
After a long cold winter, it is finally time for the annual WSU Master Gardener Plant Sale hosted by the Master Gardener Association of Chelan County. This spring, as with most springs in the Wenatchee Valley, has come in fits and starts. Snow one day, 65 degrees the next, and gale-force winds the next.
We gardeners go stir crazy during winter and early spring waiting to jump on the first opportunity to be out in our gardens readying them for spring, summer and fall. We look forward to the gorgeous color from our beloved penstemons, echinaceas and agastaches, just to name a few. Our mouths water for the sweet taste of a tomato or pepper fresh off the vine.
Wait no more! On April 27, WSU Master Gardener volunteers will have vegetables, herbs and perennials well suited for our climates at the annual plant sale. This sale is our largest fundraising event of the year. Proceeds go to projects such as the Community Education Garden, farmers markets, diagnosis clinics, KPQ Home & Garden Show seminars and other outreach events that WSU Master Gardeners participate in.
A variety of your favorite tomatoes from previous year’s sales and tomatoes chosen by you at last year’s Tomato Tasting Gala will be available this year. New varieties are Big Mama, a large, meaty, plum-shaped tomato superb for making sauces; Black Krim, a dark, deep red fruit; Caspian Pink, originally grown in Russia between the Caspian and Black Seas, is said to be tastier than Brandywine varieties; Champion 2 Hybrid, which is good for containers and pots; Gold Nugget, an early cherry tomato with a rich sweet flavor; Juliet, a hybrid cherry tomato shaped like a grape with a juicy, sweet flavor; Sungold, a sweet, tart cherry tomato that ripens early; and Super Sweet 100, a cherry tomato full of sweet, yummy goodness. In total, this year’s sale will have twice as many tomato plants to choose from compared to last year.
A special surprise for this year is the availability of plants from the xeriscape garden in Riverfront Park. The waterwise garden is maintained by the WSU Chelan County Master Gardeners through a partnership with the Chelan County PUD to demonstrate waterwise plants can be beautiful and colorful. A couple of the many favorites that will be available from the garden are Blue flax Linum perenne “Lewisii” and Missouri Evening Primrose Oenothera macrocarpa. Favorite plants dug from the homes of WSU Master Gardeners and new varieties of penstemon, echinacea and agastache promise to provide a variety of plants to choose from like never offered before.
Bring all your questions or gardening problems to the plant sale. Volunteers will be on hand to provide diagnostic services to help you solve your plant, shrub or tree tribulations. Plenty of cashiers will expedite your time in line. Let’s hope the sun will shine and the warmth of spring will prevail over any threat of wind and rain.
A WSU Master Gardeners of Chelan County column appears weekly in the At Home section. Jennifer Marquis is the Master Gardener coordinator for WSU’s Chelan County Extension.