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Master Gardeners fern sale set for April 1

Published 7:34pm Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ferns are the best way to spruce up downtown Dadeville, according to the Tallapoosa County Master Gardeners.

The organization will host its annual fern sale on Friday, April 1, which will feature more than 400 ferns of 20 different varieties. All proceeds will go to support beautification projects in the county including an idea to work with merchants downtown on a landscaping project.

“It’s something to help out and draw people to downtown,” said Jerry Lopez, president of the county’s master gardeners. “It will also support projects at Camp ASCCA and help maintain Keebler Park.”

The sale will take place in front Pinecrest Brokers at 185 S. Tallassee Street and will feature ferns from Fern Ridge Farms in Cedar Bluff.

Almost every variety of fern on sale can be planted outside, except the Australian Tree Fern. Other varieties include Autumn Fern, Japanese Holly, Dixie Wood, Southern Shield, Shaggy Shield, Tassel Fern, Wavy Cloak, Florida Wood, Ghost Fern, Regal Red, Japanese Painted, Cinnamon, Eared Lady, Lady in Red, Japanese Beech, Royal Fern, Christmas and Fortune’s Holly. Lopez said there would be approximately 20 ferns of each variety. The quart size is $7 and the gallon size is $10. The Australian Tree Fern is $15. Lopez said pre-orders will be accepted until Monday. Those interested in a pre-order can e-mail Lopez at glopez1060@charter.net or Melissa Oliver at mvo@olivertreadwell.com.

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