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Master Gardeners’ plant sale not dampened by weather

The rain did not dampen the spirits of volunteers and shoppers at the 2021 Master Gardener Plant Sale on May 15. About 40 shoppers, donning rain gear and umbrellas, waited outside for the 9 a.m. open.

“We weren’t going to let the rain stop us,” said Sandi Juarez and Monique Vazquez of Yorkville as they rolled a full wagon to the check-out line. Among their finds was Salvia, a purple flowering perennial favored by butterflies and bees.

Nineteen University of Illinois Extension volunteers put on this year’s sale, which featured nursery-stock perennials from Winding Creek and Red Bud Creek and a wide selection of tomato and pepper plants grown by Master Gardeners. It also included other vegetables, herbs, and native plants.

“Despite the weather, we saw a flood of customers at the start and a steady stream all day,” said Sarah Fellerer, Kendall County Master Gardener program coordinator. “Our volunteers were troopers and so were the shoppers! We were excited to offer the sale this year, and greatly appreciate the community support.”

There are some plants still available though, said Fellerer. Extension will host a surplus sale on Wednesday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Julian and Jeff Heidrich of Oswego choose their tomato varieties from the racks of vegetables at the sale. More vegetables will be sold at a surplus sale on Wednesday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon.Sandi Juarez and Monique Vazquez of Yorkville shop for perennial plants at the Kendall County Master Gardener plant sale.Neil and Jennine Kristianson of Millbrook get ready to purchase their choices. Jennine also is a Master Naturalist with University of Illinois Extension.Kendall County Master Gardener volunteers prepare vegetable transplants for the plant sale. They grew 14 varieties of tomatoes and 8 kinds of peppers with a total of about 600 vegetable plants.Kendall County Master Gardener volunteers prepare vegetable transplants for the plant sale. They grew 14 varieties of tomatoes and 8 kinds of peppers with a total of about 600 vegetable plants.

It will include a wide variety of tomatoes, peppers, kale, some adorable succulents, coleus, and a few other small perennials, such as rose mallow and columbine. Each is $3, and payments may be made by cash or check. Proceeds support the Kendall County Master Gardener program and community projects. After the sale, the community may contact the office to see if additional plants are available and may make an appointment to stop in.

The Kendall County Extension office is located at 7775B IL Route 47, Yorkville, about one mile south of Route 71. For questions, call the office at 630-553-5823 or email fellerer@illinois.edu. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact the office.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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