January brought winter to our area, yet the Brunswick County Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer Association (BCEMGVA) looks forward to warmer weather and is planning their 2022 Plant Sales. The year 2022 will feature a series of plant sales each with a focused theme and offering a unique variety of plants for that sale.

  • In late March many gardeners are eager to get out in their gardens and start planting, however, late season frosts can still harm tender plants and ruin gardeners’ hard work. Early Spring is a great time to engage your green thumb by sprucing up your containers on the front porch and patio. These smaller containers can easily be covered or moved to a protected location if late-season freezing temperature threaten our area. BCEMGVA is offering a “Spruce-Up Your Containers” Plant Sale in late March featuring colorful annuals and greenery specially selected for containers that will brighten your entryways and outdoor spaces all season long.
  • April heralds Spring and the Spring Plant Sale returns in late April. This popular plant sale features a large selection of blooming shrubs, perennials and greenery that thrive in the Southeast Coastal North Carolina environment.
  • In conjunction with National Pollinator Week and just in time for the Monarchs, other butterflies and pollinators, the June Pollinator Plant Sale will feature Milkweeds and other critical pollinator beneficial plants celebrating the importance of pollinators in the food chain. The plants for sale are endorsed by Monarch Watch, the North Carolina Butterfly Highway, and the North Carolina Native Plant Society as critical to sustaining our butterfly and pollinator habitat.
  • The Fall Plant Sale in September will concentrate on native plants that are recommended by the North Carolina Sea Grant for Coastal Carolina landscapes. These plants are suitable for the coastal environment thriving in our harsh conditions, more likely to withstand storms, and beneficial to the natural habitat. Just in time for fall planting this sale will offer ornamental grasses, evergreen shrubs, and late blooming seasonal plants.

Go to the organization’s website, www.bcmgva.org, for the latest information, dates, and times for each of these plant sales and pop-up sales that we plan to offer. The health and safety of our community is very important and is being taken into consideration when holding plant sales. Some sales may be Online Sales with curbside pickup and others may be in person with appropriate social-distancing measures utilized. Check www.bcmgva.org for updates or sign up to add your contact information for the Plant Sale e-mail list.

For more information, contact Krystina Ochota at the NC Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Office; 910 253 2595, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.