Glacial Gardeners to host plant sale

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association will have a Fall Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Florence Community Center on Central Avenue, also U.S. 2 and Highway 141 in Florence.

The sale will be in conjunction with the Florence County Fair. Note that it will be inside the Community Center building this year and not in the usual outdoor picnic shelter.

This year’s sale will offer a wide range of plants, including hosta, iris, daylily, astilbe, heuchera, baptisia and columbine. Dwarf and miniature plants will be available as well.

Members always divide plants at this time of year and bring extras, so surprises are the order of the day.

Fall is a great time to plant perennials to start a new garden bed or fill in where old plants have died out.

A rummage area with garden tools, pots, art and other fun items will be on hand as well.

Master Gardeners also will be available to answer gardening questions and help with plant selection. For insect or disease questions, bring a plant or insect samples enclosed in plastic.

While there, visitors can view the upgraded gardens planted by Glacial Gardeners in front of the Community Center. New this year are a picnic table built by Florence High School shop students, a Rainmaker sprinkler system to keep the gardens watered and many new plants.

Money raised from the sale will go toward the Inga Fleming Memorial Scholarships, plus grants to local schools and youth groups for gardening projects, as well as other educational programs for the area.

Glacial Gardeners members come from Dickinson and Iron counties in Michigan and Florence and Marinette counties in Wisconsin.

Master Gardener volunteers work under the direction of the University of Wisconsin-Extension to bring university-based research about horticulture to the general public.