The Merced College Agriculture Department’s staff and students are once again hosting its annual spring plant sale on Saturday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This event, which brings out more than 1,500 plant lovers from Sacramento to Fresno, is held in the Plant Science Nursery on Aggie Lane.  Signs will lead guests to parking near the nursery.

According to Landscape Horticulture and Plant Science professor Bryan Tassey, “The plant sale is a showcase of what hands-on student learning is all about.  The beauty of it all is the community also benefits.  Our prices are below retail and above wholesale.”

The plant sale has been an on-going project for more than 20 years.  All proceeds go to support the horticulture and plant science programs.  With drought tolerant and native California plants, succulents, vegetables, shade and fruit trees, there will be something for everyone.  In addition, staff and students will host free educational seminars throughout the day.

“It takes a full year to prepare our plants that are 90 percent propagated in house,” Tassey said.  “Students get to see full circle what the theory, production, marketing, and sales of ornamental crops is all about.”

For more information, call the Merced College Agriculture Department at 209.384.6250.

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