One longstanding Mother’s Day tradition in the Sky Valley are FFA plant sales, and this year students in the agricultural clubs in Sultan and Monroe are once again gearing up for the annual fundraisers.
“We have a great selection of flowering baskets and bedding plants,” said Gerald Eilers, FFA Advisor at Sultan High School. “As in the past, we have basket stuffers, vegetable starts, herbs and selected geraniums at unbeatable prices.”
The Sultan students have been working on the sale all year and have created other offerings for garden-lovers, as well. The construction class will have a few garden sheds available and there will a “chicken tractor” for sale, as well as plants.
The funds from the sale go towards the continuation of Sultan FFA activities including the greenhouse, fish hatchery and fair activities associated with FFA.
Sale dates and hours are May 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sultan High School.
All plants must be sold by Sunday, May 12, so go early to get the best selection.
Monroe’s plant sale will go on all month, beginning this Friday, May 3.
The students have grown their annual favorites, 12 inch fuchsias and hanging baskets, each for just $18.50. There are a wide variety of fuchsias ranging from salmon and magenta to red and dark purple. Mixed baskets may contain lobelia, verbena, ivy geranium and begonias, among other varieties.
Also find patio containers, including herb samplers, flower bowls, salsa bowls with tomatoes, onion, cilantro and jalapeño and succulent samplers.
For moms with green thumbs, pick up 6-inch perennials suitable for transplant, as well as veggie starts, house plants and tomato starts.
The sale takes place at Monroe High School every Friday and Saturday in May. Friday hours are 3-5 p.m., and Saturdays the sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.