May 7, 2024 - 11:01am -- noggle.17@osu.edu

The pop of color from a flower, the bees on the native plants, and the taste of a homegrown tomato are all aspects of spring and summer in NW Ohio and one the Paulding County Master Gardener Volunteers love. The 23rd annual sale will continue in 2024 with some changes. The sale will be one day only on Saturday, May 18th from 8:00 AM until 12:00
PM or until the plants are sold out. The sale will occur at the Paulding County Fairgrounds inside the Block Building at 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding, OH 45879.

Plants and more plants will still be available at the 2024 Paulding County Master Gardener Volunteer plant sale. The sale will include perennials, annual flowers, herbs, vegetables, trees, potting containers, natives, and shrubs. Most items are between $1-$10 each. The proceeds from the sale will go back into the community Master Gardener Volunteer projects and programs. One of the unique aspects of the plant sale is one can purchase a single variety of peppers or tomatoes including many heirloom varieties.

Proceeds from past projects include a donation of plants and soil for landscaping the new Caring and Sharing Food Pantry, benches at the Landscaping the Black Swamp Nature Center, landscaping and rock pathway around the new Black Swamp Nature Center Pavilion, donation of planters in the Oakwood Village, plants in the Herb Monroe park, plants for the Green
Thumbs gardening program at the fairgrounds, plants for the planters at the Paulding County Fair and Flat Rock Festival, Antwerp Local School cafeteria hydroponics system, trees for Oakwood Park and Payne Park, trees at Divine Mercy School, planting the bed at the Reservoir Park, assisting with the landscaping at the Habitat for Humanity projects, plants for the
fairgrounds and 4-H club projects, assisting the Friends of the Paulding Park Board, the native garden at the Black Swamp Nature Center, downtown Antwerp Village flowerpots, Fort Brown, and MGV memorial garden.

“Volunteering is a great way to give back to our Paulding County community,” stated the Master Gardener Volunteers, “without this sale, our program would not have funds to develop projects within our county. There is joy in gardening but there is more when you can give back to your community.”

During the sale, the Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to answer horticulture and gardening questions. Additionally, a family can receive a free packet of Victory Garden seeds which includes cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, and sunflowers. OSU Extension has partnered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Victory Garden project.
Factsheets and general plant brochures will be available for free. Special items are available to youth, under the age of 8, free with a purchase. Bring a child or a friend to experience this great community event. Finally, come early for the best selection of our plants for sale.

For additional information on the Master Gardener Volunteer program or plant sale, contact Sarah Noggle, Paulding County Extension Educator, Ag, and Natural Resources, at noggle.17@osu.edu. Individuals can also walk into the OSU Extension Office at 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding, or call 419-399-8225.