The annual event that local gardeners look forward to each year returns again on Saturday, May 7.
That's the date for the OSU Central Gorge Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale in Hood River.
The Spring Plant Sale will be held, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Learning Garden on the OSU Extension Grounds, 2990 Experiment Station Road.
This annual fundraising event is known throughout the area as having a wide selection of quality plants at reasonable prices. This year's selection includes native trees and shrubs, flowering perennials, ground covers, sedum, ornamental grasses, herbs and drought tolerant plants.
OSU Master Gardeners will also be available to answer all of your gardening questions.
The Central Gorge Master Gardener Association has been working with local students, individuals and businesses to provide quality plants for the Spring Plant Sale.
Vegetable starts have been grown in cooperation with Columbia High School and Nuestra Comunidad Sana, from organic seed developed by Wild Garden Seed of Philomath, Ore.
Artists and vendors will also be on site offering a wide array of garden related products.
Nature inspired glass jewelry by Linda Steider, natural fertilizer and compost tea from Underwood Alpacas, garden and potting benches from Jones and Jones Fine Furnishings, and worms for vermi-composting will be available for purchase. The Hood Hoppers 4-H club will be selling snacks and drinks.
Proceeds from The Spring Plant Sale help to fund the Central Gorge Master Gardener Association.
OSU Master Gardeners provides information to the public regarding plant diseases, pest problems and other gardening questions through Plant Clinics in the OSU Extension office and at area farmers markets.
Seminars on composting, gardening, weed prevention and other topics are offered throughout the year. Central Gorge Master Gardeners also maintain or work with others in many public gardens.
The semi-annual Garden Tour is another Central Gorge Master Gardener Association fundraiser. It will take place on June 18 and will feature gardens in the Hood River Valley.