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It’s not a surprise that Master Gardeners have gardens! Of course, most of us tend our own back-yard gardens, but we also are proud of several other gardens in Yakima County where we have put in efforts to benefit our community.
Master Gardeners have set aside a private area where we are growing heirloom vegetables. We use this garden to experiment with rare and unusual varieties, and different growing practices. The produce raised in this garden is donated to area charities. In this year nearly 1,900 pounds of vegetables has been harvested for them.
A primary goal of this garden effort is the saving of seeds. We have developed a seed library with seeds from this garden. You can become a member of this seed library by attending training in the early spring each year. Watch for the announcement of date and time on our Events Page.
Many folks from the Yakima Valley are familiar with the Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale. The first weekend in May of each year we usually can host this huge sale of tens of thousands of plants… annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, garden art and more. It all happens in our greenhouse, where we raise all these plants.
Starting in October, we take cuttings, start seeds, plant plugs, nurture, pot and re-pot, so that by May we have this glorious abundance to share with you. This sale is our primary funding tool to support the work we do throughout the year.
We are working now in the greenhouse in hopes that restrictions will loosen enough that we can have a plant sale next spring. It may be a little different than in the past. Perhaps smaller, perhaps online, perhaps … who knows!? But we truly are working to provide beautiful plants starts and other garden treats for you!