Annual Spring Plant Sale and Market Day

Annual Spring Plant Sale and Market Day

Spring has sprung! Best not to stay up too late this Friday night. Bright and early Saturday morning, April 9, you better get on over to the Annual Spring Plant Sale and Market Day. You’ll be sorry if you don’t. There are scads of new plants this year and hundreds of the classics.

According to the new horticulture agent for Texas Agri-Life Extension Agency, David Oates, the master gardeners have outdone themselves again this year. 

“We are emphasizing plants that grow well in our area,” he said. “We will also focus on the Texas Super Stars at the Spring Plant Sale, plants that are ‘Texas Tough.’”

We are lucky to have a horticulturalist like David with us in Jefferson County. He will be overseeing the marvelous Master Gardener Program and doing site visits to area homes. This former agriculture teacher (Center and Marlin ISDs) and former ranch manager knows his plants. His degree (BSAG) from Stephen F. Austin State University and his experience will make him a valuable asset to area homeowners and gardeners. Look for David at the plant sale, along with scores of master gardener volunteers. These folks know tons about gardening. What a great opportunity to ask questions!

The Jefferson County Master Gardeners suggest you come early to the sale. Look for fellow gardeners at the Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Jack Brooks Regional Airport, Hangar 4. Admission is free. Parking is free. There is a Kids Korner and vendors. Bring your own wagons or cart if you plan to buy plenty. Service animals only, please. David Oates adds, “Money made is put back into Jefferson County for educational activities, scholarships and other services to the community.”

I asked for a listing of the plants that would be available at the sale and will just say that the printer is still printing. Some of them are Peggy Martin roses, Dwarf Butterfly Bush and Mexican Weed, Laura Bush Petunias, Marimuns, olives, fig trees, pear trees, peach trees and more. They will be selling three varieties of avocado tree that will all grow here in Jefferson County: Opal, Wilma and Fantastic. Look for hanging baskets, dish gardens and native plants suitable for our area. Come early for vegetables and herbs, as their number is limited. If you are on a mission to find mayhaw plants, they will have them.

Call Peggy at (409) 835-8461 at Texas Agri-Life Extension Service if you have any questions about the Spring Plant Sale.

For your calendar

The Golden Triangle Rose Society Spring Rose Show will be April 30 at Beaumont Botanical Gardens in Tyrrell Park. For more information, call (409) 883-9888. Look for more details about this wonderful event in a future column.


Joette Reger is an avid gardener and prides  herself on staying up-to-date on the latest gardening activities and tips. She can be reached by e-mail at joreger [at] msn [dot] com and on Facebook at “Gardengate with Joette Reger.”