I’ve been an Iowa State University Extension Master Gardener and member of the Story County Master Gardener Association since 2001. My favorite club activity is our annual Plant Sale on Mother’s Day weekend. I enjoy visiting with gardeners and helping them decide what plants would work best in their yards and their plan.

As a child I helped out with the family garden every summer reaping the fruits of my labor with joy. I also remember slipping away during visits to my grandfather’s farm to liberate some of his raspberries. However, gardening is more than just planting a flower, fruit or vegetable garden. We are conservators of the land and have a responsibility to protect the environment with a thoughtful plan for the land we manage.


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Spring Plant Sales
by Andrea Dorn - posted 05/09/14


It’s that time of year again. Perennials are poking their heads out of the ground. Crocuses, daffodils have bloomed. Tulips were just in time for the Pella Tulip Festival. I’ll bet the folks in Pella are thankful!

It’s also the time when Master Gardeners are madly preparing for their annual plant sales. The Story County Master Gardener Association’s sale is schedule for May 10th at Reiman Gardens come rain, shine, snow, floods or even heat.

While jumping around during the last ISU Cyclone men’s basketball game I managed to break my foot. I call it my homage to George Niang J I can still get around but for a few weeks I had to wear a “stylish” boot so I couldn’t do any digging in the garden. Luckily, fellow Master Gardener, Ann Wilbur, came over to help.

She dug up my daylilies, False Solomon’s Seal and Bishop’s Weed while I sat in my chair dividing and potting the plants. Doing yard work with a friend makes even the hardest chore more fun. And just as she loaded the last of her tools back in her truck and I put away my lawn chair the rain started. We could not have timed it better.

While we do sell a lot of plants from local gardeners’ yards, we also have commercially grown perennials, hanging baskets and annuals. We usually have some vegetable seedlings as well.

So if you’re looking for a great collection of a large variety of plants visit your local Master Gardener plant sale.



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