Friday, April 23, 2010

Kress Farm 12th Annual Plant Sale

It seems everyone is in the planting mood. I was in Pizza Hut yesterday to drop off a flyer about our May 8th opening, and one of the ladies that works there informed me she put in 48 tomato plants. She intents to sale her goods at the market this season and has caught the "green thumb" bug. (Don't worry, it is highly contagious and has been spreading through De Soto for a while now. You've probably already been exposed to it or soon will be.)

Since planting is on our minds, I thought it would be good to share with you an opportunity to pick up some new plants and help a local garden. Kress Farm Garden Preserve is a non-profit organization situated on 150 acres just north of Hillsboro. They are dedicated to the preservation of the land, animals, and gardens of Kress Farm. It is completely run by volunteers with donations and money that they earn through various fundraisers.

One of their fundraisers includes a plant sale. This year, it will be held Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 9-3. The Preserve is located at 5137 Glade Chapel Rd, Hillsboro, MO 63050, and the sale will be held in their huge Maria Callas Pavilion, come rain or shine! For directions, click here.

It is a one day event, and there will be thousands of plants, many of which are donated by Kress Farm members and Jefferson County Master Gardeners. Some are grown by members from seeds, cuttings, and divisions of existing plants. They also sell an assortment of trees, shrubs, and perennials from Forest Keeling Nursery, cacti and succulents from Drummonds Nursery, perennials from Fox Farm Nursery, lilies from Show Me More Daylilly Farm, fruit trees from Stark Bros., and a large variety of plants from Steve Kotteman's Nursery. Food and drinks are also sold, and they have an incredible bake sale.

Master Gardeners are available to answer questions and the gardens are open for touring. Every penny goes to the maintenance of Kress Farm, and all of the workers are volunteers. The annual event draws 1200 to 1500 people. For more information about the plant sale, contact Mike McBride at For more information about the history and other events at Kress Farm, visit their blogspot here.

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