Popular Master Gardener plant sale planned for April 27 at Pybus market

By Connie Mehmel
WSU Chelan/Douglas County Master Gardener

Master Gardener working young plants in the greenhouse.
WSU Master Gardener Connie Mehmel works in the greenhouse in advance of the Master Gardener Foundation of Chelan-Douglas Counties Plant Sale on April 27 at Pybus Public Market. The sale begins at 9 a.m. and will feature a wide selection of vegetables, herbs, perennial plants and native perennials. – Provided photo/Dana Cook
Connie Mehmel
Connie Mehmel – WSU Extension Chelan/Douglas County Master Gardener – Provided photo

The Master Gardener Foundation of Chelan-Douglas Counties Plant Sale will be back at Pybus Public Market on April 27, the last Saturday in April. We’ll be there from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., eager to show you the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other vegetables and herbs that we have grown from seed.

We take special pride in offering a wide variety of high-quality tomato plants, including winners from our annual Tomato Gala last summer. Well-known favorites like Early Girl and Sun Sugar will be for sale, along with hard-to-find types like Paul Robeson and Queen of the Night. We have sweet cherry tomatoes, salad tomatoes, and paste tomatoes for canning and salsa. There are 28 varieties in all.

If you are looking for peppers, we have both sweet and spicy. On the sweet side, you will find bell peppers, pimentos, shishitos and delicious “bull’s horn” frying peppers. If you want hot and spicy we have aji, poblano, jalapeño and Aleppo.

Do you like to grow eggplants? We have four varieties for you. Besides the classic Black Beauty, there will be purple striped Listada de Gandia, slender black Orient Express and the compact Bride eggplant, which is white with a purple blush.

Among the herbs, you will find rosemary, curled-leaf parsley, fern-leaf parsley and calendula. We also have six types of basil. Besides the well-known Genovese basil, we have compact Profumo basil, citrusy Lemon basil and peppery flavored Thai basil. We also have Cinnamon and Cardinal basil — both are grown for their flowers but can also add flavor to your food.

If you are looking for attractive perennial plants, you can browse our selection from Walla Walla Nursery Co., as well as native perennials grown locally by Derby Canyon Natives in Peshastin. Among the natives will be red flowering currant, Tweedy’s lewisia, firecracker penstemon and purple sage.

Plant sale proceeds support the many community education programs offered by the WSU Chelan-Douglas Master Gardeners, including the Plant Diagnosis Clinic, the Community Education Garden in Wenatchee, the Boswell Garden at the Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere and the Pollinator Garden at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery. To find out more about our program, visit bit.ly/MGchelandouglas.

Come visit our sale and thank you for your support!

Connie Mehmel is co-leader of the Master Gardener Foundation of Chelan-Douglas Counties Plant Sale. A WSU Chelan-Douglas County Master Gardener column appears weekly in The Wenatchee World. To learn more about the local Master Gardener program, visit bit.ly/MGchelandouglas or call (509) 667-6540.