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Master gardeners plan fall plant sale

A fall plant sale will help the Dakota County Master Gardeners support the Education and Research Display Gardens at UMore Park.

The Dakota County Master Gardeners have raised money for years through their annual spring plant sale. That money helps the program sustain itself but it doesn't leave much room for anything extra.

So the master gardeners decided to raise some extra cash to spruce up their pride and joy. The gardens span a six-acre plot of land off of 160th Street south of Rosemount. The master gardeners plant and tend to the land that includes a butterfly garden, prairie garden, vegetable gardens, youth garden, Iris garden, Daylily garden and more. The master gardeners and the University of Minnesota use the gardens to educate the public and conduct research.

The sale, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 12, will feature divisions from plants in the various gardens. In fact, all the plants will be from the education and research display gardens said master gardener John Zweber. Master gardener's donate plants from their own gardens to the spring sale.

Zweber said the sale will feature 1,500 perennials out of the various gardens including more than 25 varieties of daylilies and other perennials. There will also be a selection of rain garden plants, shrubs, and grasses.

"It will be an incredible sale," said Nell McClung, a master gardener with Dakota County.

The spring sale attracts people from all over Minnesota. People start lining up and casing the sales floor hours before the sale begins.

Although he doesn't expect quite the same excitement yet for the fall sale Zweber said organizers hope to get a good crowd out.

Zweber said all the plants are proven Minnesota hardy and will have care instructions. He said now is a good time to plant perennials because they will have time to establish before the cold sets in. Care instruction will also be available on the Dakota County Master Gardeners web site.

At the sale Zweber said master gardeners will be on hand to answer any questions.

Purchases may be made with cash or check. Arrive early for the best selection, as plants sell out. Bringing a wagon or cart is recommended.

"Come early and shop late," said Zweber.

For more information call Barbara Stendahl at 651- 480-7700 at the University of Minnesota Extension Office or visit