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Break out the gardening gloves, time for plant sales is near

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Green thumbs rejoice, because it’s almost time for the annual run of spring plant sales.

April will be a boon for local gardeners, with plant sales blooming across the county.

The first will be at Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy from April 3 through April 7. The sale will be at the school’s greenhouse at 100 Tom Poe Drive. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 3 and April 5 and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 4, April 6 and April 7.

The sale will include Boston and Kimberly Queen ferns as well as four different types of petunias, begonias and geraniums.

Vegetable plants will be available as well. The students will have several different types of tomatoes, Big Boys, Better Boys, Whoppers, cherry tomatoes, Romas and Beefmasters. Pepper varieties include sweet and hot banana peppers, jalapenos and four colors of bell peppers.

The vegetables and bedding plants are $10 per flat, mixing and matching is allowed. Hanging baskets are $10 each.

Buyers may use cash or check to purchase plants. Anyone with questions may call the academy at 706-236-1860.

The Chieftains Herb and Plant Sale will be April 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 9 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, rain or shine.

The sale will feature more than 30 varieties of herbs, along with organic vegetables, native and unique heirloom plants.

Plenty of annuals and perennials also will be available.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to help customers select the right herbs and plants for their garden.

Shoppers may also purchase containers at the sale, or bring their own clean pots for volunteers to plant on-site.

New this year is a pre-order sale for large trees and shrubs with limited availability. Visit the museum’s website to see this list of plants, then call to order ahead of the sale.

Credit cards will be accepted, in addition to checks and cash.  All proceeds benefit the museum.

For more information about the sale or to order the trees and shrubs, visit the museum website or call 706-291-9494.

Berry College’s plant sale will be at the college greenhouse behind the Ford Complex next to the baseball fields. The sale will take place April 10-13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Items include a variety of culinary garden herbs, basil, catnip, chives, sweet herb, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, chamomile, lemon thyme, lemon balm, mint, fennel and lavender.

Also, the sale will include garden ornamentals such as begonia, asparagus fern, ivy, Creeping Charlie, airplane plants and maidenhair ferns.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s plant sale will be April 18-21. The sale will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 18 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the rest of the week. The sale will take place at the horticulture greenhouse on Woodlee Hill across from GNTC’s Floyd County campus.

Items being sold will include a large selection of annuals, perennials, herbs, hanging baskets, blooming plants, and potted geraniums. Purchases may be made with cash or check.