Are you a gardener or just someone that enjoys the beauty of flowering plants? Do you prefer perennials or bulbs over annuals? Whatever your pleasure you are in for a treat on Oct. 5 at Myers Park in McKinney. The Collin County Master Gardeners are hosting their 1st (annual) Bulb and Perennial Mart.
Over the last four years the Master Gardeners along with the Texas Agrilife Extension Service have been managing a Perennial Research Garden at Myers Park. The goal of this research is to find those plants (perennials) that do well in North Texas with minimal water and no fertilizer or pesticides. The only additive has been the use of a mulch layer which over time decomposes providing nutrients to the plant’s roots. In fact in the research garden the plants are “punished” much more so than the average homeowner would do. Although the garden has drip irrigation installed it has only been used once in each summer of the program. And guess what … the plants are not only surviving, they are thriving.
From the perennial garden we have selected about 40 plants that do extremely well in our climate. Additionally we have added about 10 bulbs which have been researched to be sure they will naturalize in North Texas and are bulbs that don’t need to be pre-chilled or dug up off season. We will be offering them for sale at the Mart on Oct. 5 in the Stall Barn at Myers Park. The sale will run from 9 to 1 on that day. There will be a presentation on bulbs and perennials during the first hour from 9 to 10. During this entire time you will be able to get guided tours of the perennial garden to get a firsthand look at what will be sold. Tours are also being offered on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and 2nd and 4th Saturdays in September.
Take a look at the image library attached to this article (below) to see some of the beautiful plants that will be offered for sale. If you want further information check out information on the Collin County Master Gardener website at www.ccmgatx.org or call the Texas Agrilife Extension Service office at 972-548-4232.