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Master Gardeners' annual Tree Sale slated for March 22, 29

ANDERSON CO., March 16, 2014— The Anderson County Master Gardeners’ annual tree sale will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., in the parking lot behind the Federal Building at the corner of Oak and Sycamore Streets.  

This year the sale will be repeated on Saturday, March 29, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Farmer’s Market on Spring Street.

As in past years we will have white and pink Dogwoods, as well as Double Red Knockout and Belinda’s Dream Pink Roses.  Crape Myrtle selections, which are drought tolerant and disease resistant, will include Natchez (white), Red Rocket (long-lasting very red), Tuscarora (watermelon pink), Dynamite (true red flowers with new crimson foliage), and Burgundy Cotton (burgundy foliage in spring with bright white flowers).

Other returning selections include:

  • The popular Shoal Creek Vitex, sometimes known as Chaste Tree, is a large bush or small tree that can grow to twenty feet.  It has large blue-violet flowers 12” to 14” long and is resistant to leaf spot. 
  • Ann Magnolia is an early blooming, clumping variety of saucer magnolia that has dark purple-red flowers. 
  • Dwarf Pomegranate is a leafy shrub with trumpet-shaped flowers that bears miniature fruit.
  • Oak Leaf Hydrangea is a beautiful Texas Native that gets its name from the shape of the leaves.  This white blooming shrub has large, long-lasting cone-shaped flowers with purple orangey-bronze foliage in the fall.
  • Bubba Desert Willow is a small deciduous tree with narrow light-green leaves and beautiful trumpet-shaped purple flowers.
  • Bottlebrush is a vigorous small tree or shrub with bright red flowers.

New will be:

  • Eve’s Necklace (Sophora) , a tall shrub that has hanging wisteria-like pink flowers which produce black segmented seeds. 

Trees for this year include Texas Redbud, Mexican Plum, Chinese Pistache, Shumard Oak, Nuttall Oak, Red Maple, Live Oak, Loblolly Pine and Montezuma Cypress.

The sale on Saturday, March 29, will include any trees not sold on Saturday, March 22, plus we will have available for sale white dogwood bare-rooted seedlings.

Pre-orders will be accepted by calling Betty at 903.723.8501 or Brenda at 903.729.0124.   Pre-sale orders will be tagged with customers’ names and can be picked up at the Federal Building parking lot on Friday, March 21, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  If they are not picked up by noon on Saturday, March 22, these plants will be offered for sale to other customers.  If you purchase trees and want to pick them up later, the Master Gardeners will hold them until 4:30 p.m., when the sale is over.

Anderson County Master Gardeners will be available on March 22 and March 29, to answer your plant questions.  There will also be information on some weeds and turf grasses and on planting dogwoods and crape myrtles.  Soil sample kits will also be available.

The Texas Master Gardener Program is a volunteer educational program conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and is open to people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, handicap, or national origin.  The organization is a member of the Texas A&M University System and its statewide Agriculture Program.

The Anderson County Master Gardener’s mission statement is to provide horticultural education, outreach, and service to Anderson County.  All of the proceeds from the Tree Sale will go back into the community in the form of seminars, talks, demonstrations, and community gardens.


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