I observe many northern Nevada gardening traditions. I plant peas on Saint Patrick’s Day, wait to plant tomatoes until the snow melts off of Peavine and attend Field Day faithfully each year. Another tradition for me has been the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Plant Faire Extravaganza. The sale yields quality plants at incredible prices. But, the sale has faded away as a tradition in the past few years.
This is because the Master Gardener Volunteer program does not have its own greenhouse. So, the program can only have its fundraising plant sale in years when they receive greenhouse space from University of Nevada, Reno. And, the University allots greenhouse space first for use by University faculty conducting research before for use by Master Gardener Volunteers. Since there was not room again this year for Master Gardeners to use University greenhouses, I am turning to other sources for plants. Luckily, there are many and they too support great local organizations.
City of Reno Plant Sale– Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., 190 Telegraph Street in Reno.
Loping Coyote Farms Plant Sale– Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Too Soul Tea Co. 542 1/2 Plumas Street in Reno. This sale focuses on plants for high desert food forests. Some annual vegetable and flowering plants are also available. A 2017 catalog is available online as is the ability to pre-order plants. Credit cards, cash and check accepted.
The Greenhouse Project Late Spring Sale– May 13, 7:30 a.m. – noon., Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman in Carson City. Take the East Robinson entrance, behind the bus parking lot. This sale features warm season vegetable crops as well as flowering plants.
Great Basin Community Food Coop Spring Seedling Sale– May 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 240 Court St. in Reno. Flint Street is closed for this event, and plants brought in for sale by local farmers take over. The plants are either certified organic or meet the Co-Op’s sustainable standards. Other vendors and activities are onsite, so the sale is fun for everyone, even those who do not intend to purchase plants.
Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology Plant Sale– The plan is to hold plant sales after school the week of May 22-May 26 at their facility on Foster Drive near Reno High School. For information, email Michelle Burrows at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilbur D. May Arboretum Plant Sale– June 3, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1595 North Sierra Street, Reno. This sale features more than 3,000 plants, including unique, hard-to-find and native plants. Sun and shade perennials, herbs, succulents, pollinator-friendly and low-water use plants are available. Horticulturists will be there to answer questions about the plants.
No matter which plant sale you attend this spring, choose sturdy seedlings. Then, help your plants get used to living outside (instead of in a greenhouse) by placing them on the east side of your house a few hours a day for several days before transplant.
Do you have a favorite plant sale or a plant sale haul to show off? Let me know in the comments!