|Media contact: Ashley Ellis, residential horticulture agent, 941-861-9826 or email@example.com.|
SARASOTA COUNTY – Don’t miss the 17th Annual Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale and EdFest on Oct. 14, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get great plants and advice for your landscape and to learn about the array of UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County services. The event, co-hosted by Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers, runs 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
|At the event, visitors can choose from among hundreds of shrubs, trees, palms, annuals, herbs and other plant varieties identified as “Florida-friendly” by the University of Florida, and get gardening and landscaping advice from Extension-trained Master Gardener Volunteers. The EdFest will showcase public programs and services offered through Extension, from agricultural and nutrition advice to natural resources and youth development. “The Plant Sale has been a tradition for Master Gardener Volunteers for more than 16 years. These devoted gardeners have worked all year to carefully tend plants to make this event possible,” said Ashley Ellis, residential horticulture agent with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.|
|Admission is free, with plant purchases available by cash or check. Proceeds from sales benefit Sarasota County Master Gardener Volunteer program efforts to support school gardens and community projects. The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer program is led by the University of Florida and operated through county-level UF/IFAS Extension offices. In Sarasota County, the program supports demonstration landscapes and educational outreach projects, and operates the popular Plant Clinic help desks. For more information, call 311 (outside Sarasota County, 941-861-5000), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visitsarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/plantsale.|
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