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Plant Sale 2012


The Morris Farm Trust
May 11, 2012
Contact: Merry Fossel,  586-5690  mfossel@free.midcoast.com

Morris Farm Plant Sale Features Heirloom Tomatoes, Dahlias, and other Hardy Perennials

The barn at Morris Farm is filling up with a huge selection of heirloom tomatoes, dahlias,  and other hardy Maine-grown perennials for the educational farm’s annual plant sale this Saturday, May 19 from 8:30AM until 12:30PM.  A special addition to this year’s sale is a wide selection of named dahlias from the collection of local gardening expert, Paul Fenton. Each type of dahlia will be identified by name and photo, and Fenton will be on hand to provide growing tips. From the 60 or so dahlia varieties on sale, gardeners can choose the popular Thomas A. Edison, introduced in 1929, or pick some delightful names such as Bashful, Blush, Blue Danube, Candlelight, Firepot, Pari Tara Sunrise, Prince Charming, Tutti Frutti, White Fawn, or Winter Song. 
 
The sale also features a wide variety of locally-grown perennials, hardened off and ready for planting: Day Lilies, Rudbeckia, Phlox, Bee Balm, Bleeding Heart, Columbine, Lupine, Iris, Poppies, Hosta, Rhubarb, to name just a few. The 15 varieties of tasty heirloom tomatoes available this year include four paste tomatoes -- the classic red Amish Paste, Hog Heart Paste, Grandma Mary’s Paste, and the bright Orange Banana Paste.  There are slicing tomatoes in all colors: Pink Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, Yellow Brandywine, Garden Peach, Aunt Ruby’s Green, and the red Cosmonaut Volkov.  There will also be two cherry tomatoes -- Honeydrop and Peacevine -- and a small red tomato called Silvery Fir Tree, suitable for planting in a large pot.  Descriptions of all the tomatoes will be available to help home gardeners choose the perfect combinations for salads, slicing, and snacking.
 
Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about the plants and their care.  Coffee and baked goods will be sold.  All proceeds from the sale benefit the Morris Farm’s education programs.  The Morris Farm Trust is a member-supported nonprofit educational farm located at 156 Gardiner Road (Rt 27 North) in Wiscasset and home to Alan-Dee Registered Holsteins, a licensed dairy farm, the Margaret Ellis Community Gardens, the Wiscasset Primary School Garden, and a University of Maine Demonstration Garden.  The Farm hosts a variety of educational programs and community events plus a summer day camp for children ages 4-11. It is open to the public seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. For more information about Morris Farm or the plant sale please visit www.morrisfarm.org, email info@morrisfarm.org, or call 882-4080.

 

The Morris Farm Trust
May 4, 2012
Contact: Merry Fossel, 586-5690 mfossel@free.midcoast.com
 
Morris Farm Plant Sale Will Include a Wide Variety of Dahlias

This week, Morris Farm volunteers potted nearly 150 tuberous roots of dahlias that were donated to the Farm by Master Gardener Paul Fenton from his extensive collection. The plants will be available later this month at the annual Morris Farm Plant Sale. Dahlias are a popular addition to the landscape because they can range in height from one to six feet, with blossoms from two to twelve inches wide.  They begin blooming in early summer and continue to frost. In addition to dahlias, the Morris Farm sale will include hardy Maine-grown perennials from local gardens and 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes.  Gardening experts, including Paul Fenton and several other Master Gardeners, will be on hand to answer questions. Baked goods will also be sold in the meeting room adjacent to barn. The plant sale will be held on Saturday May 19 from 8:30 AM to Noon at the Morris Farm, 156 Gardiner Road (Rt. 27) in Wiscasset. 

The Morris Farm Trust is a member-supported nonprofit educational farm located at 156 Gardiner Road (Rt 27 North) in Wiscasset and home to Alan-Dee Registered Holsteins, a licensed dairy farm, the Margaret Ellis Community Gardens, the Wiscasset Primary School Garden, and a University of Maine Demonstration Garden.  The Farm hosts a variety of educational programs and community events plus a summer day camp for children ages 4-11. It is open to the public seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. For more information about Morris Farm or the plant sale please visit www.morrisfarm.org, email info@morrisfarm.org, or call 882-4080.
Photo Caption: Maine-grown perennials and heirloom tomatoes await local gardeners at the annual Morris Farm Plant Sale, Saturday, May 19
 
The Morris Farm Trust

April 30, 2012

Contact: Merry Fossel, 586-5690 mfossel@free.midcoast.com

 

On April 25th WHS science students in Honors Biology had an enriching learning experience when Merry Fossel, Chris Hopf-Lovette and Joanne Sharp, members of the Morris Farm's Plant Sale Committee, came into their classroom and along with WHS Science teachers Chris Riser and Ralph Keyes, helped them plant tomato seedlings which will be sold at the Upcoming Morris Farm Annual Plant Sale. The sale will be held at the farm in Wiscasset on May 19th. Keyes said "It is a nice way for students to give back to their community." The tomatoes are Heirloom tomatoes which usually sell out each year. According to Morris Farm Volunteer Fossel it is a wonderful project which teaches students how seedlings grow. "Students work well and the Morris Farm is extremely grateful for their effort . Last year we sold every seedling available!" The successful project is now in its' fifth year.

 

The Morris Farm is a nonprofit educational farm. It is open to the public seven days a week from sunrise tosunset. For more information about the farm or becoming a member, please visit www.morrisfarm.org or call 882-4080.