By June McKenzie
Plant sale coordinator
In response to requests from many of our spring plant sale customers, the Pickens 4-H and Master Gardeners are holding a fall plant sale this year. Planting perennials in the fall enhances the root growth and general establishment of a healthy plant and helps maximize the growth in the first year, especially under the extreme heat and dry conditions that have become normal for our region the past several years.
Fewer plant sales at this time of year enable us to get our choice of desirable plants and our growers continue to support us with very favorable pricing. The sale will follow the traditional format of our spring sale: Prepaid orders from the set list of plants will be taken up to Oct. 12 and pick-up of the plants will be on Saturday, Oct. 20, or Monday, Oct. 22.
The plant sale will feature a large variety of ornamentals including winter blooming camellia’s. Yuletide camellia blooms from November into January, with very festive red flowers and a golden yellow center. They would be a great addition to your holiday decorations. Red twig dogwood branches not only give you color in the winter garden through the gray winter days, but can also be used in your floral designs. Also included in the sale is our usual selection of berry plants, including blueberries and blackberries etc.
Details of our sale including plant varieties and growing requirements can be obtained by calling the Pickens County Extension office in Jasper at 706-253-8840 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will be happy to mail detailed sale information upon request. Order forms and plant photos can also be obtained by visiting pickens mg.org
All proceeds from the sale will support the Pickens 4-H and Master Gardener’s projects.