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Two big plant sales sprout up

All those April showers will bring May flowers and several popular plants sales are here to make sure you’ve got what you need. In the coming weeks, the Dakota County Technical College Horticulture Club and the Dakota County Master Gardeners will host plants sales.

DCTC Horticulture Club

Every year, the Dakota County Technical College Horticulture Club hosts its annual plant sale a few days before Mother’s Day. The plants are grown by students. Instructor Catherine Grant said this year’s sale will feature a huge variety of plants all lovingly tended to by DCTC students.

This year the DCTC sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 8 and 9 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10 in the greenhouses located on the west side of campus. Signs will direct customers to the greenhouses.

The sale will include a large variety of annuals for sun and shade, ornamental grasses, perennials and edibles.

“The students have been working hard to grow a wide assortment of bedding plants, hanging baskets, mixed annual containers, herb gardens, tomato varieties and vegetable starts,” said Grant.

In the past, the sale has been held over two days but Grant said they are extending the sale through Saturday to give professionals a chance to shop with them. However, plants are sold on a first come, first served basis so Grant said for best selection it’s best to come early.

For those who want the service, Grant said students will design containers for customers. Grant said she has several talented students that love custom designing containers and are good at it.

“We have some instructors and faculty that have already brought containers in,” said Grant.

Proceeds from the sale support the horticulture club and its members. Specifically, Grant said the money helps students attend professional conferences and trade shows.

“It provides some really great opportunities for our students,” said Grant.

For more information visit the club's Facebook page.

Dakota County Master Gardeners

The Dakota County Master Gardeners will hold their popular plant sale 9 a.m. to noon May 17 at the University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education Park, 1605 160th St. W.

“It’s a popular event for people who like to garden,” said Patti Jeffrey, a master gardener.

The annual sale will features master gardener-grown sun and shade perennials, fruit, shrubs, ornamentals and more. Jeffrey said a highlight of the sale will be a variety of heirloom tomatoes.

“The heirloom tomatoes are just wonderful,” she said.

Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips.

The sale generally draws a large crowd, and the plants are bought up quickly. Jeffrey recommended those interested in shopping the sale get there early for best selection.

For a list of the plants that will be available at the sale visit

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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