Dallas County Master Gardeners plan events

Published 9:39 pm Friday, May 20, 2016

The Dallas County Master Gardener Association is preparing for a day of plant sales and butterfly awareness.

On Saturday, June 4, the association will be hosting its annual plant sale and third-annual Butterfly Awareness Education Day at the Selma Farmer’s Market, located at Bloch Park.

Master Gardener president Tina Lancaster said the money will be used toward developing a website for the group.

“We are trying to build a website so that people coming into the area or that live in the area that need assistance with their garden or just want to be involved with the group or learn more about the community and what we have to offer. We’ll have someplace to get that information,” she said.

Members will be at the market bright and early for the plant sale. The sale begins at 7 a.m. and lasts until 11 a.m. A spectrum of plants including flowers, vegetables and trees will be available. The plants will be priced anywhere between $3-$10.

“It’s more of the things you don’t find in stores,” Lancaster said. “People that are in the gardening club, they’ll propagate plants from their personal stock.”

At 10 a.m. the Butterfly Awareness Education will begin. Vice-president Evelyn Cox will be instructing the program. The program will include informative literature and flyers.

Lancaster said other major highlights of the program will include how to attract butterflies to home gardens and how to make soil richer and more productive. She said one easy way to attract butterflies to a home garden is to put fruit peelings into the garden. Other members will be available to assist in any other gardening questions.

“Selma is a beautiful old town and there’s so many things that you can do that you don’t have to put a whole lot of money into,” Lancaster said. “We’re going to have suggestions on how to incorporate things into your garden that are cost free.”

Lancaster is new to the group and will be experiencing the events the first time herself. She said she is looking forward to the events and the opportunity to connect with the community.

“I’m looking forward to meeting people in the community and spreading the word about our organization,” Lancaster said. “We want everybody to come out and learn.”