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Master Gardeners Share Fruit of Knowledge at Plant Sale
The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners host the annual "Springfest" plant sale no April 15-16.

As Northeast Louisiana begins to finally dry out from the all of the recent rainfall, many people are turning their attention to their home gardens and getting ready to plant. The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners lend aid in that effort with the annual "Springfest" plant sale at the West Monroe Farmer's Market. 

"This is a great opportunity to get some of the more difficult thing to find that are not typically seen in your average garden shop -- although we have been seeing more diversity in garden shops here lately," says Northeast Louisiana Master Gardner Kerry Heafner. The NELA Master Gardeners has recently filled its new greenhouse with over 10,000 plants, and hopes to use the plant sale to help clear out space.

This year features a wide variety of native plants such as the White Spider Lily, allowing for an opportunity to incorporate local flora into lawns and landscapes. The vegetable section contains a wide variety of tomatoes, herbs, and other edibles including seven varieties of Basil.

Black Bayou representatives will give a talk about planting a home butterfly garden, and the master gardeners will be available to answer vexing questions about plant and lawn care.

The sale begins with a preview sale beginning at noon and ending around 5 p.m. Friday, April 15, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday and continuing until all the plants are sold. For more information visit the NELA Master Gardeners Facebook page or call the LSU Ag Center at 323-2251.

Kirby Rambin is a natural entertainer, having played violin since the age of 9 and performing publicly since he was just 12. As a teen, he performed with the Monroe Youth Symphony and the Louisiana All-State Orchestra.
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