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Central Carroll: Master Gardeners planning Plant and Garden Sale despite losing longtime chair

Central Carroll: Master Gardeners planning Plant and Garden Sale despite losing longtime chair
This year's Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on May 18, from 8 am until noon. (Courtesy photo)

The seventh annual Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on May 18, from 8 a.m. until noon.

“We will have native plants, vegetables, including heirloom tomatoes, herbs, perennials for shade and sun, hanging baskets and annuals,” Master Gardener Sharon Rowe said. “Most of the plants have been raised by Master Gardeners.”

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Rowe said this sale will be bittersweet.

“This is our first plant sale since the passing of our long-term chair, Joan Epler,” she said. “Joan was a fantastically organized and efficient chairperson, and we miss her greatly.”

Beverly Blatchford agreed. She is co-chairing this year’s event with Christa Pusateri.

“We are struggling to do as good of as job as Joan did,” Blatchford said. “She was amazing.”

Blatchford said all money raised will go toward the work of Carroll County Master Gardeners, helping with gardens and offering education, including their series of Grow it, Eat it classes.

In addition to plant sales, there will also be a garden flea market with tools, pots and other gently used accessories for sale, all donated by Master Gardeners.

“We don’t know what people will bring but it is generally old tools, pots, baskets, lawn ornaments, anything garden related. Last year we had tomato cages and we even had a composter. Anything our gardeners are not using anymore, they donate.”

This year, Blatchford said, there may be a few trees as well.

“I know someone is bringing a small dogwood,” she said. “We will also have shrubs, hydrangea bushes, lots of perennials, some annuals, and we are emphasizing native plants. We’ll have lots of tomatoes and vegetable plants and bulbs as well.”

Look for Master Gardeners who will be available to answer questions about native plants, as well as others roaming the floor to assist buyers.

The Master Gardeners meet at the Carroll County Ag Center on the second Wednesday of each month. They offer a training class annually with many garden subjects. Check their Facebook page, at Master Gardeners – Carroll County, Maryland, or the website at https://carrollcountymastergardeners.org/, for upcoming dates.

“I encourage people to come,” Blatchford said. “We accept checks or cash, no credit cards. It is usually crowded early in the morning because we have such good bargains. The plants are well cared for and not overpriced.”

The Ag Center is at 700 Agriculture Center Drive in Westminster.

For more information, call Sharon at 410-751-8704 or email therows@comcast.net, or call Beverly at 301-829-3231.

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Pig Roast and Luau

The Westminster American Legion Post 31 will hold a Pig Roast and Luau on Saturday, May 11 from 1 to 5 p.m., hosted by their auxiliary. Look for great food, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, pull tabs and a colorful day of exotic fun!

“This is our second pig roast and luau,” said Georgia E. Myers, president of Carroll Post 31 American Legion Auxiliary. “Last year, 95 people attended, and as people exited they requested that we do it again!”

The cost of the luau is $15 per person, and children younger than 8 are free.

Look for a menu of pulled pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, chips and fixin’s, with sodas, iced tea and draft beer, plus a cash bar.

Mobile Music Machine will deejay music to keep things hopping. Attendees can purchase a 50/50 raffle ticket or try their luck at pull tables. A silent auction will offer an additional opportunity to win.

“Our silent auction items are donated by our members,” Myes said. Some of them include a set of Nancy Drew mystery books, home decoration items and themed baskets.

Myers said all proceeds of this event will benefit veterans projects. They hope people will not only dress in Hawaiian shirts, but also bring a Hawaiian shirt to donate to the cause, Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers.

Their Facebook page, Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers, says they are “on a mission to send 10,000 plus Hawaiian shirts and notes of encouragement to our deployed soldiers overseas to lift them up.”

The American Legion is at 2 Sycamore St. in Westminster. Tickets are available at the post.

“Join us for an enjoyable afternoon of fun, music and socializing while also raising money to assist veterans in the Westminster area,” Myers said. “Last year, those attending helped us donate 61 shirts to the Hawaiian shirts for deployed soldiers project. So, we have fun while bringing joy to a soldier protecting our country!”

For more information, call 410-857-7953

Yard Sale

Have you ever wanted to donate to a good cause but just couldn’t afford it? Here’s an opportunity to donate without spending a dime, and while cleaning out your attic, garage or basement at the same time.

The Shepherd’s Staff will hold a Yard Sale on Saturday, May 25, from 8 a.m. to noon at their facility, at 30 Carroll St. in Westminster. They are looking for donations of household items, art, bikes, jewelry, books and collectibles.

If you’d like to donate, you can drop of items at their office by Friday, May 24. Office hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The yard sale is not accepting large appliances, furniture, mattresses, computer equipment, electronics, tires or stuffed animals, unless brand new.

Mark your calendars for Yard Sale Day and come out to shop. All proceeds will benefit The Shepherd’s Staff Blessings Closet.

For more information, call The Shepherd’s Staff at 410-857-5944.

Pancake Breakfast

You gotta love having a meal out plus shopping, all in one stop!

Deer Park United Methodist Church will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 18, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the church. The breakfast is held in conjunction with a community-wide yard sale.

Look for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, and juice and other beverages at the breakfast. Adults cost $7, children ages 5-12 are $3, children age 4 and younger eat free.

The breakfast is sponsored by Deer Park Lions Club and the Deer Park United Methodist Church Men’s Group, and the proceeds benefit community service and ministry programs.

The yard sale will be held rain or shine from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church lawns. Vendor spaces are only $20 per 20-by-20-foot space. There’s always a wide array of items available to purchase.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas and chips. A bake table will offer lots of homemade desserts.

To register for a yard sale space, or for more information, call the church office at 410-848-2313 or visit them online at www.dpumc.net.

The church is at 2205 Sykesville Road — Md. 32 at Deer Park Road — in Gamber.

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