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March 26, 2014

Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair set for Saturday

ORANGEFIELD — If you have a green thumb and are ready to make your garden grow or your property bloom, then this Saturday’s plant sale may be what you are looking for.

The Orange County Master Gardener Association will hold its annual “Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair” from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, March 29 at Jewel Cormier Park, 8235 FM 1442 in Orangefield featuring a huge variety of plants available for purchase. The public is invited.

According to Susan Garrison of the Orange County Master Gardener Association, the purpose of the annual event is to generate funds for the organization.

“This is our main, and, sometimes only, fundraiser of the year,” Garrison said in a telephone interview. “We are a non-profit organization, so this helps fund our budget for the year.”

Garrison said the more successful the plant fair is, then the better able the Orange County Master Gardener Association is to fund its projects and educational opportunities for school children.

“Our budget not only helps out our Junior Master Gardener program, but, this year, we plan on giving $250 to every school in Orange County. Not each district, but to each school in each district in Orange County. We had already allotted the funds for that before the plant sale, but this will allow us to better reach our goal.”

Whether you are looking for annuals or perennials or even native plants that can tolerate the always unpredictable Southeast Texas climate, the Orange County Master Gardener Association will have a large variety of plants available, such as house plants, tropical plants, shade plants and bedding plants. A variety of trees such as satsuma, lemon, kumquat, Mexican lime and even various avocado trees will be available.

Some unexpected items have recently been donated to the organization and will be available for purchase at the plant fair, including an eight-foot tall Norfolk Island Pine tree and a large Ponytail Palm. Another item recently donated and available for purchase is a large potted Mother-in-Law’s Tongue plant.

Garrison said the organization changed the event from a plant sale to a plant fair to generate more excitement, but, also, because there is more to it than just the sale of plants.

The event has grown from just its traditional sale of flowers, shrubs and vegetable plants to include trees and even other vendors, which will be participating this year.

Vendors schedule to be part of the event this Saturday include Wild Birds, Etc., which is located in Beaumont, as well as Sweet Creations, which is located in Orange and will offer tips on birding and garden items.

An informational booth on how to compost will be on site, as will a local Bonsai club which will demonstrate its inspiring techniques.

“All of this may help us be more able to help others throughout the year, if that make sense,” Garrison said with a laugh. “Our desire is education. We teach about gardening, whether it is to school children or organizations. Everything we do is a hands-on demonstration, and that takes money.”

The Orange County Master Gardener Association is always looking for new members. If you would like more information on this organization, call Dr. Roy Stanford at the Orange County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 409 882-7010 or visit its website www.txmg.org/orange.

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