Pear tree  blooms

Pear trees boast beautiful blooms as shown here. The number of blooms indicate a likely abundance of pear fruit, but it is highly recommended to thin them out when they are small (only the size of a cherry) for improvement of mature fruit size. This will also decrease the chance of tree injury from a heavy fruit load. Both Keiffer and Shinseiki varieties, which are good for fresh eating, canning, preserving and in desserts will be available at the Victoria County Master Gardener Association’s Fall Plant Sale.

The Jackson County Master Gardener Association will hold its Spring Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to noon April 10 at the Jackson County Service Building Auditorium, 411 N. Wells St. in Edna, according to a news release.

Plants offered for sale are those known to flourish in the Texas Coastal Prairie.

Birdhouses hand-made by master gardeners will be available for sale.

Proceeds go toward college scholarships for careers in horticulture or agriculture and the maintenance of the Texana Educational Garden.

This garden is free and open to all. It is located adjacent to the County Service Building. Gardeners who know in advance what plants they hope to purchase can call Judy Marek at 361-782-0078 to preorder. Please call before April 1. A deposit will be required. Availability is not guaranteed, but the Master Gardeners will work with suppliers to fulfill desires. Face masks and social distancing will be required.

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