Today I volunteered at the annual Snohomish County Master Gardener Plant Sale. Even though I was working the sale, I made sure to sneak in a couple purchases. You know, because I have a plant buying addiction.
Anyway, here’s what I picked up.
MG Plant Sale Finds
- Tiarella ‘Iron Butterfly’
- Mukdenia ‘Crimson Fans’
- Athyrium ‘Ghost’
- Brunnera Macrophylla ‘Mr Morse’
- Nasturtium ‘ Ladybird cream w/ purple spots’
- Hardy Geraniums 1. ‘Phoebe Noble’ 2. ‘Phaeum’ (black)
- Ligularia ‘Rocket’
- Echinops (Globe Thistle)
- Aruncus dioicus (Goats Beard)
I’ll be working the sale, make sure you say ‘hi’ if you stop by!! Here’s the news release sent out this afternoon:
Thousands and thousands of plants—vegetable starts, over a hundred varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, perennials of all kinds, native plants, trees, shrubs, ground covers, specialty perennials—all to be sold in just five hours starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 7, at McCollum Park.
Snohomish County’s largest fundraising plant sale benefits the WSU-Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener program. Most of the plants have been raised, divided and potted by Master Gardeners, who will be available to answer questions throughout the sale area, which covers three parking lots.
In addition, eight specialty nurseries will be selling unusual, hard-to-find plant varieties.
This once-a-year event is staged outside the Extension offices in South Everett at the back of McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St. SE.
All proceeds benefit the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and which provides support to the county’s Master Gardener projects, which include plant problem clinics throughout the county and three demonstration gardens among other projects.
For more information call the Master Gardener Hotline at 425-357-6010 or visit the Foundation website http://www.snohomish.wsu.edu/.
That’s right – this Saturday is the annual Snohomish County Master Gardener plant sale! The sale features over 150 tomato varieties, plants donated by Master Gardeners (from their own gardens) and eight specialty nurseries.
I went to the sale last year and LOVED IT! To read what I got at the sale last year, click here.
The sale runs from 9-2 on Saturday only! Get there early so you get first pick of the plants.
WSU Snohomish County Extension
600 128th St. SE
McCollum Park, Everett
Our Conservation Plant Sale Loot
The Snohomish County Conservation District held their 25th annual plant sale this past weekend at the Monroe Fairgrounds.
I’m almost ashamed to admit it but this is not my kind of plant sale.
That being said, here’s what I picked up:
Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium Ovatum) x3; Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) x5; Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) x2; Camas (Camas Leichtinii) x3; White Flowering Yarrrow (Achillea millefolium) x2; Common Thrift (Armeria maritima) x2; Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) x10; Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea); Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana) x 5
Now I just need to find room for all these crazy plants. Since most are okay with part shade, we’ll probably put them in the new beds we’re creating in the back yard. I’m thinking the Cascara is a bit of a stretch for us – there are five and they can reach up to 30 ft! Anyone want one?
The plant sale also offered a lot of conifers and deciduous trees that looked great! If we had more than .12 of an acre we may have considered some of those as well.
It took me a while to pick my last favorite plant, the Toad Lily. Surprisingly, it beat out Sedum, Echinacea and Red Twig Dogwood.
Random Unmarked Plant from Plant Sale Posted on Twitter
I found this little gem at the Snohomish Garden Club plant sale this past spring. When I brought it home I noticed the tag was missing and had no idea what it was. I didn’t even remember why I picked it out. So I took a picture and posted it on Twitter. Almost instantly my friend Jenn from Wisconsin told me it was a Toad Lily.
It was then that I knew why I picked it out. I love toads and lilies. Why not a Toad Lily?
Still not knowing what a toad lily was, I planted it in a part sun/shade spot by the cherry tree in my back yard. I figured it would stay small and I could enjoy the little spots on the leaves. I’m not sure why I didn’t just Google “Toad Lily” to find out – this is what I normally do with new mystery plants.
Almost six months goes by and I barely notice the plant. Mid summer I did notice it was taller than I expected so I moved it toward the back of the flower bed.
Then, earlier this week I was on Twitter again and my friend Kari from Connecticut posted a picture of her Toad Lily. I’m not kidding you, I opened the link, gasped, and ran to see if mine was as beautiful.
I had no idea. I fell in love instantly.
Toad + Lily + Spots + Beautiful = Top 10 Favorite Plant
My Toad Lily