PORTLAND, Maine — The 25th annual Cumberland County Master Gardener’s Plant Sale will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, May 18th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Avenue, Portland.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to help you select plants that best meet your needs and to answer questions you might have on how to care for them. Selections include native and pollinator plants, vegetable seedlings, herbs, perennials, shrubs, and annuals. In addition, they will offer gently used gardening items, the annual Master Gardener Calendar Raffle, bake sale items, and bags of local compost. There will be sweet potato, raised bed gardening, and vermicomposting demonstrations as well as live music by Pretty Girls Sing Soprano, and local vendors, including Maine Audubon, Wild Seed Project, Earth Walkers, and Garbage to Garden!
Proceeds from the Plant Sale and Calendar Raffle support the group’s Seed Grant program for community projects, which rely on Master Gardeners’ expertise and volunteer time. These projects are found in communities across Cumberland County and include large undertakings such as demonstration gardens, Maine Harvest for Hunger initiatives, therapeutic gardens, school gardens, youth programs, and more!
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners have received in-depth horticultural training from university educators and industry experts. In return, they volunteer time to their communities. Master Gardeners in every Maine County are a vital part of UMaine Extension’s ability to provide up-to-date, research-based information, educating the public on best practices in consumer horticulture.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension:
As a trusted resource for 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.
–University of Maine Cooperative Extension
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