The 17th annual plant sale to benefit Pendleton King Park will be held on Saturday, May 3 and sale volunteers are hoping to see an outpouring of support from the community.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Troupe Street park, the plant sale is free to attend. Participants are invited to share plants and trade with other gardeners, and master gardeners will be on hand to sell plants and answer questions.
Register as a vendor by contacting Pat Smith, coordinator of the sale, at (706) 228-3559 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Day-of registration is also available, however, set-up spots are on a first-come, first-served basis. All vendors are required to pay 15% of their proceeds to the sale to benefit the park.
“We have a variety of sellers, at a variety of price points,” said Beth Droppleman, a master gardener and one of the sale’s volunteers. “Some plants go for as low as a few dollars. We rely on Augusta Area Master Gardeners to donate plants on the Friday before the sale, or we will gladly take donations from anyone on Friday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park.”
Smith and Droppleman will be just a few of the more than 20 master gardeners who will be on hand to help at the event. There will also be a special booth set up for individuals who have specific gardening related questions.
Droppleman said the park has become a special place over the past few years, with the addition of the Bark Park for dogs, a disc golf course, a playground, gardens, a cross country trail, nature trails and a picnic area.
“This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Pendleton King Park and provides funds for improvements in the park,” said Droppleman. “Master gardeners are responsible for the upkeep of the hydrangea gardens, the camellia gardens, the pond areas and swamp overlook. In the past, we have funded Bark Park benches, the building of the overlook, plants, mulch and much more.
“The improvements are not only thanks to the commitment of Augusta Area Master Gardeners, but also to other park volunteers, the Augusta-Richmond County Recreation & Parks Department and the Pendleton King Park Foundation,” added Doppleman.
Organizers hope the community will support this year’s event and that profits from the sale will top last year’s earnings.
“Each year our profit has increased and last year was just over $2,000, so we hope to have beautiful weather and top last year,” Smith said.