Gonzales Master Gardeners to hold Spring Plant Sale

It's always fun when the Gonzales Master Gardeners take over Texas Heroes Square for its annual spring plant sale. This year, the event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 - or until sold out (whichever comes first) - at the corner of St. Louis and St. Joseph streets on the town square in Gonzales.

The Master Gardeners always have a variety of plants at the sale, and this year will be no different.

"We plan to have some interesting plants this year," said plant sale chairwoman Fran Saliger. "Including cestrum, willow tree vine, pigeonberry and several kinds of cacti. With no break in the drought in sight, we are emphasizing water wise plantings." The Gonzales Master Gardeners use this opportunity to answer local gardeners' questions about horticulture and help them find some well-adapted plants that will do well in this area.

Widely touted as the "best tomato plants in town," the sale will have a variety of vegetables including peppers, squash, eggplant and more. "We grow our own vegetables," Jim Johnson, vegetable grow team leader said. "That way we know our public is getting plants that are acclimated to this area and will perform well for them. We will have everything you need for your spring garden, and we are happy to talk to you about your questions and challenges," he said.

The sale will also offer herbs including a wide variety of mint and Provence lavender, which is one of the few lavenders that do well in this area

The event raises funds to support the Gonzales Master Gardeners' programs, which reached more than 980 local school children and offered free public adult education programs on a variety of topics this year. "Our goal is to reach as many children as we can," Gail Johnson, this year's president said.

"This year, we have continued the Eggleston Children's Garden Program for first-graders, provided hands-on learning on the parts of a plant to support the second grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements and planted black walnut tree seeds with the third grade to teach conservation. Last year, we planted gourds with the third grade, and this year, the same children will be using those gourds in their fourth-grade art classes."

As part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, this all-volunteer organization is dedicated to providing horticulture and conservation education to the community. The Gonzales Master Gardeners say they really enjoy this annual event when they have the opportunity to provide a fun event for the public and all the advice you need as well. There will be a silent auction, and the Master Gardeners always invite other local charitable organizations to join them to offer food and drink and raise money for their programs as well. Bring your used plastic planting pots in an effort to recycle instead of filling up the landfills.