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Plant sale grows family bonds (video)

By chirst
Sept. 8, 2012 at 4:08 a.m.
Updated Sept. 9, 2012 at 4:09 a.m.

Colin Bond, a master gardener, explains to Emily Burnett, of Inez, how to care for a potted umbrella plant she found at the  annual fall plant sale Saturday morning.

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Gardening is a family legacy.

At least, that is why Connie Krause, of Shiner, said she and her sisters drove 40 miles early Saturday morning to go to the Victoria County Master Gardener annual Fall Plant Sale.

"My mother always had a green thumb and you pass that on from one generation to another," Krause said, as she piled plants in her wagon. "My mother has four girls, so it is a sister deal today."

The sale, which didn't start until 8 a.m., had about 100 people waiting for it to open.

Krause was early enough to snag the last Rangoon Creeper, a featured plant, about 8:30 a.m.

"My sister got the other one and said, 'There is one left!' They advertised it in the paper, so I ran and picked it up," she said, laughing and pointing at the yellow blooms. "We have a couple wagon fulls of plants."

Krause said they started coming to the sale a few years ago.

"They have things that are so unique that I can't find in Shiner," she said. "I love anything that attracts the humming birds and butterflies, that is what I go after."

Sandy Knief, co-chairwoman of the association, said the first sale in 1999 had only 400 plants. Saturday, however, the association of about 140 members brought in between 2,000 and 3,000 plants.

The proceeds benefit the Master Gardener Complex, which includes the Victoria Educational Gardens and pavilion.

"So many children do not know how things grow, so this helps," Knief said of the educational gardens. "As well as people who want to save money and grow their own tasty vegetables at home, they can get the knowledge here."

All of the master gardeners are required to volunteer at least 21 hours, but Knief said some put in as many as 800 hours a year.

"The people working and doing their own garden, they are exercising outside ... you sweat it, you work it. We aren't afraid to dig in the dirt."

Stacy Murray, of Inez, brought her 5-year-old daughter Allison to the sale.

Allison, who takes care of her own plants at home, picked plants strategically.

"I'm looking for my favorite plants," she said. "Pink ones."

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