Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association Plant Sale: April 20-23,2023

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The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association Plant Sale will be held from April 20th – 23rd, 2023 at the NHC Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington NC 28403.

Shoppers will be able to choose from a variety of locally grown herbs, vegetables, annuals, natives, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be onsite to provide shoppers with advice about plant selection, planting, and care. All proceeds from this event will be used to provide additional training for our Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers, provide grants to our community, and supply scholarships for deserving students.

Hours of operation:

  • Thursday, April 20th: 10 a.m.-5 p.m
  • Friday, April 21st: 10 a.m.-5 p.m
  • Saturday, April 22nd: 10 a.m.-5 p.m
  • Sunday, April 23rd: 12 p.m.-4 p.m

NHC Extension Master Gardener 2023 Plant Sale List

New this year: Nancy Ash will present two informal presentations on the selection and care for Japanese Maples on Saturday, April 22nd. Her presentations will be at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Nancy and Thomas Ash, owners of Ash’s Japanese Maple Nursery in Hampstead, North Carolina, have been successfully grafting and raising Japanese Maples for the past 40 years. In 1983, under the tutelage of  the late William Edingloh of New Bern Nursery, in New Bern, NC., they learned grafting techniques and general horticultural principles that they applied and perfected in their own nursery. In addition, Thomas and Nancy been able to apply bonsai principles, with reference to space and sculptural shape, to dissectum maples in the nursery and beyond. Their nursery has provided trees for the Japanese Garden at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington, DC.

Through the years, Nancy and Thomas have lectured to small groups either in their nursery or in forums such as Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, various N.C. Extension Master Gardener Association gatherings, and the North American branch of the Maple Society. In addition to being a nurseryman, Nancy is graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Biology.

Unsure what to buy at the sale? Then maybe head over to the plant clinic at the Arboretum before the plant sale begins on April 20th. Master Gardeners are available in the clinic, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to assist you with your garden questions and provide you with helpful information on such things as companion planting and the right kind of annuals or perennials to plant for the sun and shade areas of your property.

While there, you can also obtain information on what to do to analyze your soil for the proper pH and soil nutrients. You can also obtain tips on the proper pruning of your roses and other shrubs and trees.The plant clinic can even help you maintain the quality of your garden before you add anything new to it by identifying key insects that help sustain your garden and teach you when the right time is to use pre-emergent applications.

Here are some tips to get ready for the growing season and for your new MG Plant Sale purchases!

  1. Remove any weeds or debris from your flower and vegetable gardens. Consider adding fresh mulch to these beds where necessary.
  2. Prune, prune, prune. Now is a good time to prune your roses. Trees and shrubs also love a good pruning at this time of year (late winter/early spring). Chop off some of that old wood and shape the plant before those buds break dormancy. Clean off the rust and residue on your pruners or replace them.
  3. Now we can start preparing your soil for the new season. During the winter season, your soil tends to become compacted. Loosen up that soil by tilling or turning it while mixing in well-composted mulch, leaf-litter and aged manure.
  4. Now we get to the fun stuff, start setting up your new planters and garden beds this year. Decide what you want to plant. Information will be available to you in early April regarding the varieties of plants that will be for sale at the Arboretum.
  5. If some of your perennials seem too crowded together, then this is the time to dig them up and replant while they are in dormancy. Dig under the plant root ball and lift it out of the ground. Then try and untangle the roots by hand. Evenly space out the plants and replant immediately.