Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

MILLBROOK – Each year, Master Gardener volunteers and Cornell Cooperative Extension staff hold their annual plant sale fundraiser May 19 and May 20 at the Dutchess County Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44 in Millbrook.

Plant sale hours are Friday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Master Gardener volunteers grow and sell a wide variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs. Some of these varieties are “tried and true” favorites; others are exciting new introductions.

At this event, we also have a Master Gardener volunteer information booth set up. Our volunteers are available to answer your gardening questions and to help you make your plant selections.

Master Gardeners are a group of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to extend information throughout the county. The first Master Gardener volunteer program was started in Washington State in 1972. Dutchess County was the first county in New York State (1975) to train Master Gardener volunteers.

Forty six states now have Master Gardener volunteer programs with over 23,000 people participating nationwide, and more than 1,100 of these Master Gardener volunteers are from NY. There are currently about 100 Master Gardener volunteers in Dutchess County. The program is funded through volunteer fundraising efforts and from donations from the public. This is the primary fundraiser for the Master Gardener volunteer program and we count on your support.

Visit www.ccedutchess.org for more information, including a list of the plants that will be for sale.

Gift certificates are available for the Master Gardener volunteer Plant Sale. Certificates may be purchased for any amount and are not redeemable for cash. To purchase a Master Gardener volunteer Plant Sale gift card, please contact Nancy Halas at nh26@cornell.edu or call (845) 677-8223 ext.115.

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