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The Cleveland County Master Gardeners invite the public to their annual Garden Party and Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday April 16 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St., Norman.
The COVID-19 pandemic derailed the party for the past two years and the master gardeners are excited to be back.
“We have a greenhouse that is 20 feet by 40 feet and about three-quarters of that is loaded with plants,” Master Gardener Nancy Logan said. “We start about Nov. 1 and work through the winter on Thursday mornings to get ready for this sale.”
The plant sale is a fundraiser for the Cleveland County Master Gardeners, supporting their educational outreach and the demonstration garden at the fairgrounds. They also use the money to support a $1,000 horticulture scholarship.
“We’ve got 576 gallon pots of perennials and 660 pots of annuals,” Logan said. “We also have at least 20 three-gallon fig trees. We’ve had them in the past and they are beautiful. One of the varieties is very hardy in Oklahoma and the other is a good container plant.”
The garden party portion of the event is a gift to the community and includes a combination of adult and children’s activities.
“We’ll have face painting and rock painting for the kids. They can create a rock critter and they can also plant a pot of cat grass,” Master Gardener Lois Cox said. “We will have Gertrude Gardener walking around handing out stickers to the kids. We’ll also have a walking tree.”
Children’s activities include origami, pinecone bird feeders to take home and a scavenger hunt through the demonstration garden.
“We will also have a vermiculture demonstration of how to create a worm hotel,” Cox said.
Other adult demonstrations that day include monarchs and pollinators in the garden, how to use decorative grasses in the home garden and a Native American medicinal garden.
“All of our plants are grown with a lot of care and a lot of love,” Logan said.
Most of the plants are Oklahoma hardy and there are some unusual finds like two varieties of fig trees.
“They fruit in September,” Logan said “There is nothing like picking a fresh fig off the tree. They are so delicious.”