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Webster County Master Gardener Plant Sale is May 14

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MARSHFIELD, Mo. — The annual Webster County Master Gardener Plant Sale will be from 8 a.m.until Noon (or until plants sell out), on Saturday, May 14, at the Webster County Extension Center, 800 S. Marshall St. (next to Marshfield City Hall).

A large variety of plants, mostly provided by Master Gardeners from their own gardens or gathered from public gardens maintained by MU Extension volunteers, will be offered for sale.The sale will happen rain or shine.

“The quality and diversity of plants is excellent, and the prices are real bargains. People are advised to arrive early if they want the best choices of hostas, ferns, flowers, ornamental grasses, trees, potted plants, and garden-related items,” says Bob Schultheis, University of Missouri Extension natural resource engineering specialist and Master Gardener coordinator.

The winner of the “Truckload of Topsoil” raffle will also be chosen. Raffle tickets are available at the Webster County Extension Center or online at http://extension.missouri.edu/webster.

Proceeds from this plant sale help Master Gardeners fund community beautification projects and continue the group’s mission of providing unbiased, research-based landscaping and gardening education to the public. Concessions will be provided by the Webster County 4-H Clubs, and will include biscuits and gravy, baked goods, and hot and cold drinks.

Master Gardeners helped expand and support the horticultural educational efforts of MU Extension faculty and staff, by contributing over 628 hours of volunteer service in 2015 on various projects that benefited communities throughout the county.

For more information about the plant sale, or about the Master Gardener Program, contact the Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield, Mo., at 417-859-2044, or by e-mail at websterco@missouri.edu. Visitors are welcome to stop by the MU Extension office on South Highway A (next to Marshfield City Hall), or online  at http://extension.missouri.edu/webster.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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