Master Gardeners host Native Azalea and Wildflower Sale

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Cullman residents take their pick of seedlings and clippings at Sportsman Lake Park Saturday morning, March 25, 2023. (Felicia Roberts)

CULLMAN, Ala. – A little bit of after-storm mud wasn’t going to stop the Master Gardeners of Cullman County from hosting their Native Azaleas and Wildflower Sale Saturday morning. With funds raised from the sale going toward the continued improvement of the Wildflower Garden at Sportsman Lake Park, the gardeners, as well as specially selected seedlings and clippings, were out bright and early at 8 a.m. 

Cullman residents were up and at ’em just as early for the sale, in part to beat the Alabama heat, but mostly to get their hands on native azaleas. Among the wild bergamot and canna lilies, the azaleas were the clear star of the show 

Master Gardener Brad Mitchell laughed, “One-hundred-eighty-five azaleas were gone by 9 a.m.” 

Teri Mobley, another Master Gardener, made sure to note that the plants in the sale were truly locally sourced. 

“The plants all either started from seed or propagated from Master Gardeners’ own yards,” said Mobley.  

According to fellow Master Gardener Felicia Roberts, the event itself exceeded the gardeners’ expectations; the event sold out and raised over $7,500 in just a couple of hours. 

Mobley also hinted at the possibility of this event becoming an annual fundraiser for the Master Gardeners of Cullman County, gesturing at the long check-out line. 

For more information about the Master Gardeners of Cullman County, check out   https://tinyurl.com/MasterGCC.  

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