You don’t need a green finger to visit Arkansas Master Gardeners this year. It’s online, open to everyone, and free. The online auction will be open from today until June 11th and over 200 items will be available at https://county76auction.uada.edu.
The auction coincides with the annual master gardening conference, which will be virtual this year. The District 76 Master Gardener, the Arkansas State Master Gardener Advisory Group, organizes an auction annually.
“Online auction is a new venture for County 76,” said Linda Soffer, auction co-chair and member of the Jefferson County Master Gardeners board of directors. “Due to the pandemic and the inability to meet in person, we missed out on several opportunities when we tended to run a silent auction to raise funds to support our programs.”
Gardeners of all abilities will find a variety of items, from tools and seeds to rain barrels and garden gnomes. Ferns, hanging baskets, succulents and more will also be available.
A variety of products for non-gardeners are also available, including spa services, hair salon products, James Hayes glass art, autographed books, tickets to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and homemade goat soap. Some food items such as honey, jams, jellies and fresh eggs will also be available.
The online auction is open to the public free of charge. Auction items can be previewed, but bids will not be accepted until the auction opens at noon on Friday.
Bidders must register and provide a credit card for purchases. Purchases will be made by credit card only. Winners’ credit cards will be charged after the auction ends at noon on June 11th.
Winners will receive items at the designated location and time: Little Rock: June 19, 10.00 – 14.00; Jonesboro: June 12, 13-15; and Fayetteville: June 16, 15-19 pm
Income is supported by the Janet B. Carson County Scholarship Fund, which provides funds to counties for innovation and education projects and provides scholarships to high school students. The proceeds also help offset the cost of the annual Master Gardeners Leadership Conference.
More than 3,100 volunteers work at Arkansas Master Gardeners. The program is administered by the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas Agricultural Systems Division. Their mission is to spread research-based information through demonstration and educational programs to strengthen local communities and families throughout Arkansas.
To learn more about top gardeners in Arkansas, visit https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/master-gardeners/ or contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent. Follow the agency on Twitter at @AR_Extension.
Tracy Courage works at the U.