Troy Fest, arguably the premiere arts and crafts festival for southeast Alabama, will be held this weekend in downtown Troy. Local and visiting vendors from the tri-state area are setting up shop as I type offering a smorgasbord of pretties. Among them are the Pike County Master Gardeners and their annual plant sale.
What I love best about this plant sale, and yes I am biased, is the wealth of plant information under one tent. Past President Judy Griswold says, “not only will gardeners get common and unusual healthy plants, they can also get good information. If we don’t know the answer to their question, they can leave their number and we’ll get back to them.” How’s that for service!
My second favorite part is the variety of plants up for sale. Of course there are the bestsellers like hydrangeas, crape myrtles and Kimberly Queen ferns, but there also specimens not easily found in big box nurseries. This year, the unusual varieties include Gomphrena, Melapodium and Caphea (cigar plant), just to name a few. Categories of plants include annuals, perennials, succulents, herbs, vegetables, house plants, shrubs and trees.
Proceeds from the sale fund ongoing beautification projects around the City. Currently, the Pike County Master Gardeners maintain flower beds at the Pike County Extension Office, Pioneer Museum of Alabama and a memorial garden at Troy Parks and Recreation.
If you’ll be in our neck of the woods this weekend, make sure to visit the Pike County Master Gardner booth on N Oak Street. Hours are 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Tell them Ebony sent you.