Master Gardener Don Krafft gathers some broccoli in his garden plot at South Whidbey Tilth. He grows several things that are available for purchase at the Island County Master Gardener online plant sale. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Master Gardener Don Krafft gathers some broccoli in his garden plot at South Whidbey Tilth. He grows several things that are available for purchase at the Island County Master Gardener online plant sale. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Master Gardeners kick off plant sale, continue clincs

Green thumbs who have had a taste of spring sunshine and want to begin planting can do so with the help of the Island County Master Gardeners.

Green thumbs who have had a taste of spring sunshine and want to begin planting can do so with the help of the Island County Master Gardeners.

The foundation, which consists of seasoned gardeners, is holding the perennially popular plant sale online through May 4. Shoppers can visit the website icmgf-store.org and select from over 200 plant varieties, including flowers, shrubs, veggie starts and native plants as well as garden art.

Plants can be picked up curbside on May 8 at the Greenbank Farm.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the community educational mission of the Washington State University Extension Island County Master Gardener Program.

The fundraiser is one of two big annual events that the foundation holds.

Holly Grason, a newly minted master gardener and co-chair for the plant sale, said the sale will also have ornamental grasses, herbs and trees for sale.

While the annual plant sale is always welcome, the point of the Master Gardener program is for trained volunteers to share their plant-related knowledge with the public and that hasn’t changed during the pandemic.

The twice-a-month “Ask a Master Gardener” plant clinics have transitioned to an online webinar format, but the idea is still the same: Experienced horticulturists offer sage advice about any type of plant known to humanity, as well as often-maddening plant diseases and pests.

The clinics currently run 2-3 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month. The Zoom link is available at icmgf.org/events.

Grason is hopeful the gardening clinics may draw more interest. They are very informal, she said, and moderated by a core group of master gardeners.

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