On Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 9 am – 12 noon, Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Cameron County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Plant Sale and Home Gardening Extravaganza at the Cameron County Master Gardener Arboretum at the corner of Expressway 77 and Williams Road in San Benito.
The free, one-stop shop for Rio Grande Valley gardeners will offer plants to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to their gardens. Gardeners are encouraged to bring in their sick plants for an evaluation by the many experts we’ll have on hand who will also lend their expertise on composting, rainwater harvesting and other topics that will help us all develop our green thumbs. All plants on sale are well-adapted to Valley growing conditions. Most of the plants have been propagated by Master Gardeners and donated from their own gardens. We have a wide variety of butterfly plants, herbs, succulents, annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, and ornamental trees.
Master Gardeners offer a variety of horticulture educational gardening demonstrations and exhibits. Hands-on demonstrations will be conducted on composting, vermi-composting, soil testing and rainwater harvesting. We also have an ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ session for questions homeowners may have about improving their yards and gardens
The free diagnostic clinic for troubled plants and problematic insects is conducted by Dr. Greta Schuster, a plant pathologist at Texas A&M-Kingsville, and by Dr. Raul Villanueva, an entomologist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. Craft items and gardening and landscaping books also will be on sale.