Garden Fair and Plant Sale: A Gardener's Dream
May 18, 2012 10:24 AM
by Centre County Gazette
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The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County invites you to enjoy a family day of gardening — talks, demonstration, exhibits and plants to help make your gardening dreams come true.

The new Garden Fair and Plant Sale begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. This is a can’t miss event for gardeners of all types.

The event will be held in the buildings and grounds of the PSU Ag Progress Days site at 2710 W. Pine Grove Road in Pennsylvania Furnace, just nine miles from State College on state Route 45.

What began as an annual Plant Sale has grown into a regional Garden Fair with expert talks on gardening related topics, demonstrations, workshops and exhibits as well as selling high quality plants.

This year, there will be more than 20 carefully selected vendors from throughout the state demonstrating and selling anything and everything you might want to make your gardening dreams come true. They have greenhouses, hypertufa pots, colorful garden pottery, garden accessories of all types, even garden apparel and specialty tools.

Some vendors are featuring environmentally friendly products such as beautiful outdoor furniture manufactured from recycled milk jugs and birdhouses made from recycled materials. Other vendors will be selling trees, shrubs and organic heirloom plants while some will be sampling and selling their gourmet sauces, beverages and even botanical soaps. The Penn State Press will host mushroom expert and author, Bill Russell, signing his book on “Mushrooms of Pennsylvania.”

A number of other organizations will also be exhibiting and offering helpful literature. Included are the PA Bluebird Society, The PA Native Plant Society, The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State, the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute at Penn State, Penn State Extension and the Master Gardeners. The Geisinger Health System will be offering free blood pressure screening and skin care information for gardeners.

The Pasto Agricultural Museum is also getting into the gardening mood with a new, special exhibit of gardening history and free tours throughout the day.

In fact, parking and all of the events at the Garden Fair are free, including the opportunity to learn about the latest and best annuals and perennials and new and unique landscaping trees and shrubs from professors in the Penn State Horticulture Department. You also can learn to identify those bugs on your plants and learn how to attract and care for bluebirds.

Of course, the Master Gardeners will have thousands of high quality plants for sale at great prices. Included in the assortment will be annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, houseplants, natives and pollinator-friendly plants. In addition to all of the vegetation, they will be selling gardening gloves and mushrooms.

A garage sale presents the opportunity to buy used gardening items at a low cost and a silent auction is another opportunity to bid on gifts and new gardening merchandise.  

The Ferguson Township Lions Club will be cooking and selling breakfast and lunch items during the Garden Fair and Plant Sale.

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