The Clatsop County Master Gardener Association
(CCMGA) will be hosting several plant sales in May, two in-person and one virtual.
The CCMGA has already opened its online plant featuring vegetables, tomatoes, and herbs for home gardeners. The full assortment of available offerings is available for viewing and purchase at clatsopmastergardeners.org with orders being taken through May 13. All of the plants for sale are organic and have been selected by the CCMGA for their suitability to our coastal region. Plants purchased at the online store will be available for pick-up on Saturday, May 14, at Fernhill Holly Farms, 92668 Fern Hill Road, Astoria, from 9:00AM – 3:00PM. Master Gardeners will be on hand to deliver orders curbside. A map with driving instructions to Fernhill Holly Farms will be available at the website.
On Saturday, May 7, the CCMGA will be one of several area not-for-profits represented at “All Aboard,” an event sponsored by the Astoria Riverfront Trolley/Old 300 honoring the region’s service organizations. The “All Aboard” event, which will be held at the Barbey Marine Center, at 1792 Marine Drive in Astoria from 10:00AM to 2:00PM, will include art work from area elementary school students and music provided by the Astoria High School Jazz Band. In addition to a number of information booths on gardening tips and techniques, the Master Gardeners will have a number of decorative baskets available for sale, just in time for Mother’s Day, which is the following day, Sunday, May 8.
The final CCMGA plant sale for the spring will be on Saturday, May 14, at the Barbey Center from 10:00AM until 3:00PM. Once again, the offerings will include a mix of organic vegetables, landscape and bedding plants.
The spring plant sales are one of the primary fundraising vehicles that support the CCMGA’s numerous activities to promote good gardening practices throughout the county. It does so through programs such as a Demonstration Garden at the Fair Grounds where a number of flowers and trees are on display; a Learning Garden at 45th and Lief Erikson Drive in Astoria, exhibiting methods for vegetable and herb gardening particularly suited to our unique Pacific Northwest climate and soil, and whose yield last year ended up in more than 1,200 pounds of fresh produce donated to the Regional Food Bank; the Grow a Row for the Community Program, through which individual Master Gardeners donate produce from their home gardens to local food pantries; and informational plant clinics throughout the year, including regular presence on alternating Sundays at the Sunday Market in Astoria and, beginning this year, on alternate Wednesday evenings at the Seaside Farmers Market.