plant sale

Photos from the 2018 Isanti County Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale event.

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The Isanti County Master Gardeners will host their annual plant sale on June 8.

According to master gardener Melissa Carstensen, the popular event features a variety of plants, including perennials, annuals, vegetables and fruit, that have been home grown by the master gardeners of Isanti County.

“The benefit of people purchasing the plants at the event is that you are purchasing plants you know have made it several seasons and the master gardeners have really focused on the health of the plants,” Carstensen said. “We have good healthy plants that are labeled and include instructions for how to plant them.”

“We will also offer quality hands-on education throughout the event and we are there to support the community and answer questions. At the event we are often asked about what pairs together well, so we educate people on that,” she added.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. and will last until noon, or when all items have been sold. In addition to selling garden items, the master gardeners will also be available to answer gardening questions from the community, as well as to provide educational workshops.

Two free training workshops will be offered throughout the event. At 9:30 a.m. there will be soil test sampling with the University of Minnesota; 10:30 a.m. will bring a workshop on transporting and splitting.

“The goal of the training workshops are to educate the community; we do educational sessions monthly and this is another opportunity to do that,” Carstensen said. “We will be out in the garden showing people how to do soil samples, what nutrients we are testing for to determine optimal growing for all plants.”

“One session is about soil samples; we will be doing some myth busting about myths people may be hearing. The transplanting and splitting will be more hands-on to teach how to properly transplant and split,” she added.

All of the proceeds from the event go back to the community and for educational opportunities for the master gardeners.

“We are all volunteers; there are 35 of us in the group. We love what we do and we love educating the community and being able to answer questions. The funds raised help with educational opportunities for the master gardeners and help us to better educate the community,” Carstensen said. “We encourage the community to come and check us out and enjoy the day and our local community garden.”

The rain or shine event will be held near the Cambridge Community Garden, located at the intersection of 18th Avenue Southwest and East Rum River Drive in Cambridge.

For more information on the event, call 763-689-8254 or 763-689-1810 or visit UMN Extension-Isanti County Master Gardeners on Facebook.

Anyone interested in becoming a master gardener is encouraged to contact coordinator Rod Greder for more information.

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