Master Gardener Plant Sale cancelled for 2020
The CCEDC Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale, scheduled for May 15-16 will not be held this year. The increasing impact of the coronavirus in March led to a cascade of decisions. Ultimately the health of Master Gardener Volunteers had to be the priority. The MGVs do an enormous amount of work starting late February to Mid-April mainly potting, seeding, watering and primping plants. The entire week of the sale is spent setting up signs and tents and moving plants. Although the sale is the major fund raiser for the MG Program, it cannot occur without the MGVs presence in large numbers.
Ordering for the sale starts in autumn. Cuttings for the foliage plants are harvested then too and potted up several times during the winter. Perennials are ordered in November for delivering starting late February. Annuals start arriving late March. Seeds for annuals, herbs and vegetables are sown mainly in April. This year as the pandemic gathered speed moving the date of the sale to late May was considered as well as options such as online ordering systems and curbside pickups. But those options still depend on the presence and support of the MGVs from now and until then.
We decided our priority was to care for the plants already potted, reduce the amount of plants ordered but not yet received, safely pot those which couldn’t be cancelled (at a distance, and on the lawn) and eliminate sowing seeds. The plants in the greenhouse will be sold to the Master Gardener Volunteers, at safe distances as the weather allows and if gathering restrictions are lifted.
Many local nurseries and greenhouse are making similar difficult decisions. Now is a good time to subscribe to their newsletters and to support their businesses.
This would have been the 24th CCEDC annual plant sale. The Master Gardener Volunteers appreciate your support and hope to see you at the Dutchess County Fair in August.
Last updated April 3, 2020