Ask a master gardener: Find new flowers through the master gardener sale
BY BILL SEVIER Ask a Master Gardener
Saturday, February 23, 2013
2/23/13 at 5:32 AM
Q: I would like to purchase some flowers from the Master Gardener's plant sale. How do I do this? D.D., JenksA:
Plants may be purchased from the OSU Tulsa County Master Gardeners spring plant sale by going online to tulsaworld.com/mastergardeners You may review photos with plant information and then purchase online. A paper order form can also be printed from the website or obtained from the OSU Extension office at 4116 E. 15 St. in Tulsa. Mail or deliver the completed order form to the Master Gardener Office with your payment.
Orders must be placed by March 28. Plants must be picked up at Central Park Hall on the Tulsa Fairgrounds, 21st Street entrance, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 18.
The order form includes almost 200 different varieties of annuals and perennials - including flowering ornamentals, herbs, grasses and attractive hanging baskets. On the day of plant pickup, there will also be a wide selection of native plants, perennials and premium annuals that do not need preordering. Many of these plants are new cultivars or ones not commonly available.
The Tulsa Master Gardeners is a 501(c)(3) educational organization that is a part of the OSU Extension service. Master Gardeners self-fund all of the many activities, which include: K-5 school programs (more than 11,000 students taught each year), telephone hotline 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday, senior living and day center horticulture therapy projects, Habitat for Humanity house landscaping, various booths at home and garden shows, Tulsa State Fair Booth, and many other community events. The group also produces a website and a monthly e-newsletter.
All of these activities are paid for by revenues raised during the year. The once-a-year plant sale is the main fundraiser that allows the Master Gardener volunteers to not only educate but also help the community in other ways related to gardening.
If you have a garden-related question for the Master Gardeners to answer in a column, call 918-746-3701.
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Most bare-rooted trees and shrubs should be planted in February or March. These plants have no soil to protect the roots and should never be left exposed to air. The tiny, hairlike rootlets needed for water absorption will die if allowed to dry. Plant them at the same depth as in the nursery and make sure good root and soil contact is made by gentle tamping and irrigation after planting.
Finish pruning shade trees, summer flowering shrubs and hedges. Spring blooming shrubs such as forsythia and azalea may be pruned immediately after flowering. Do not top trees or prune just for the sake of pruning.
Continue to provide food and water for the birds. Clean up birdhouses before the spring nesting season starts.
The Master Gardeners spring plant sale offers hundreds of varieties of annuals, perennials and native plants. BILL SEVIER/Courtesy