BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Master Gardeners to hold fourth annual Plant Sale

JAMESTOWN – The Cornell Cooperative Exten-sion of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program will hold its fourth annual Plant Sale on Saturday in the Big Barn at the Frank Bratt Ag Center on Turner Road off Route 60.

The sale will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with no early sales and it will end at noon. Cash or check only.

“We will have tried and true perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs and shrubs from the Master Gardeners’ gardens and our MG volunteers will be available to answer questions,” said Betsy Burgeson, Coordinator of the MG Program. In addition to the plants, there will be used gardening books, gardening tools, and Mother’s Day gardening gift baskets. “Proceeds of the sale will go to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County to keep the Master Gardener Program “growing.” Burgeson said.

Burgeson also added that there will be a new addition to this year’s sale. “I am very happy to announce that we (the MG Program) have partnered with the artists of The Resource Center’s Day Habilitation Services who will be selling their garden art at the event.” Many of the items are re-purposed, such as the bowling ball sculptures, and plant stands made from “old” chairs. Proceeds from their art will be used to purchase additional craft supplies as well as items for The Riverwalk Community Labyrinth.

The garden art sale will be held in the large conference room inside the Ag Center.

“We are hoping to make this our most successful sale yet,” Burgeson concluded. “Master Gardener Volun-teers are such an incredible resource, from the Helpline and Demonstration Gardens to the presentations they give it is an amazing program that truly gives back to the community in too many ways to count. Since starting up in 2009, MGV’s have donated over $380,000 worth of time to Chautauqua County and we hope that anyone who has utilized our services will come out and support the program at the sale.”

The Master Gardener program is a volunteer educational outreach program administered through Cor-nell Cooperative Extension. The goal of the program is to train enthusiastic volunteers that, in turn, educate and provide research-based information to the community on a wide variety of horticultural topics.

The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension is to enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. Master Gardener Volunteers are a key link in helping CCE accomplish this mission.

For more information on the Master Gardener Program, contact Burgeson at 664-9502 X 204 or emh92@cornell.edu

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