Sevier County garden association holds annual sale

Apr. 29, 2013 @ 11:58 PM

The 8th Annual Flower & Garden Show and Sale, hosted by the UT Extension Service and the Sevier County Area Master Gardeners Association, was held Saturday at the Sevier County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the sale will offset the expense of an intern at UT Gardens and provide camp scholarships to 4-H students.

The 24 vendors included local nurseries, landscaping specialists and suppliers of gardening essentials.

“We’ve got lots of green things going on,” said event organizer Linda Oakberg. “Our vendors are selling just about everything that grows.”

Speakers offered seminars on mushroom farming, growing coffee trees and how to whack wicked weeds.

Despite this weekend’s inclement weather, Oakberg said the event generated a good turnout. “I guess since they can’t get out in their yards, they came out to ours,” she said.

This is the first year Dorothy Loveday, a teacher from Pigeon Forge, has attended the flower and garden show. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find some unusual things, like thornless blackberries and bleeding hearts,” she said.

“You just don’t see things like that at places like Wal-Mart”, Loveday added. “The plants here are also very healthy. They’re not dead or laid over with disease. It’s also a nice place to buy because it supports the community.”

jfrye@themountainpress.com