Master Gardener activities abound

By Mary Burke-Bass - Contributing columnist

Is it spring? Is it winter? With the temperatures, we have had lately, who knows! It is 78 degrees one day and the next day snow. Officially, the first day of spring was Monday, and that is a special day.

The SCEMGVs have a plant sale every spring to support projects throughout the area. As of now, we have a demonstration garden located at the Extension Office; we have a herb garden at the Sampson County History Museum, and a welcome garden on US Hwy 421 N at the Industrial Park Entrance. We work with the 4-H youth of the county and JCPC Teens. The SCEMGVA are continuously learning, teaching and improving the local environment. To fund these projects we have an annual plant sale and this year we are adding to the sale trying to make it more appealing to the entire family, not just those improving their yard. The plant sale began March 20th and will be open be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This year, as always, the SCEMGVs are offering the All American Azalea; all sizes and colors are available. On Monday, March 20th when you travel pass the County Extension office on US Hwy 421 South, you will see a field of color. The azaleas offered are at least three years old and are in 3-gallon pots — grown locally so they do not have to adjust to a new environment.

Last year we introduced a red geranium that is drought resistant and heat tolerant. We are offering the same geranium this year. To make sure you receive one, you can pre-order this geranium. The red geranium was an excellent seller last year and we expect the same this year.

New this year is the Super Bell — a mounding plant that fills the pot to overflowing. It makes beautiful hanging baskets so you can purchase it as a pot plant or a hanging basket. This comes in a variety of colors and you have the privilege of pre-order again. The number of plants is limited.

Do you wish you knew how to cook with herbs? Join us Saturday, April 8th. We are offering two sessions. A morning session in the morning from 10 a.m. till noon and an afternoon session from 1 – 3 p.m. It is a hands-on cooking session so the seating is limited to 12 persons per session. There is a $15 registration fee to cover the cost of material. The menu offers a main course, side dishes, dessert, and drink. Come and enjoy this tremendous opportunity.

Last, but certainly not least we are presenting “Art in the Park” from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Not only are the SCEMGVs participating in this, but also the Sampson County 4-H Groups have a display. The art pieces you create from “junk” in your own back yard. Extra activities are also planned for that day. It is going to be a fun packed day and interesting for all.

All the activities take place at the Sampson County Extension Office located on US Hwy 421 South. You can contact 910-592-7161 for more detail information.

By Mary Burke-Bass

Contributing columnist