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Newport goes to pot

Published on May 15, 2018 1:38PM

A vast selection of plants specially nurtured to withstand the coastal fog will be on sale in Newport this Saturday, May 19, at the annual plant sale from Lincoln County Master Gardeners.

The sale will see the Lincoln County Commons packed with more than 4,000 flowering annuals, perennials, ferns, natives, succulents, tomatoes, vegetables and herbs.

“All plants are priced to sell,” said plant sale co-chair Greg Kurtz. “Our volunteers raise the plants in their own gardens and greenhouses, and often donate the cost of pots and soil, so that we can offer great quality at very reasonable prices.”

In addition to plants, guests will find sedum planters, living-roof birdhouses, a help desk, a garage sale section and educational booths on adaptive gardening, bees and pollinators, raised beds and cloches, food nutrition, rain water collection, straw bale gardening and vermiculture.

“Shoppers can peruse organic vegetables and herbs, get hard to find natives, talk with local plant experts, consult the Master Gardener plant clinic specialists, and contribute to a great cause,” said plant sale co-chair Cathi Block, “I look forward to this sale every year. It’s all-hands-on-deck for the Master Gardeners who are delighted to help shoppers select just the right plants and vegetables for their own gardens. Everyone has a great time.”

The plant sale is the main fundraiser for the Lincoln County Master Gardener program. All proceeds go directly into the program and are used to provide a variety of gardening services to Lincoln County residents including a year-round plant clinic, five demonstration gardens, public education seminars, food bank contributions and horticultural scholarships.

Shoppers are encouraged to bring unwanted plastic pots to the plant sale for reuse next year.

The sale will run from 9 am to 2 pm at the Lincoln County Commons, 633 NE 3rd Street.

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