Dozens of gardeners waited patiently on Saturday for the start of the annual fall herb and vegetable plant sale, hosted by the Fort Bend County chapter of the Texas Master Gardeners.
The early birds knew well what newcomers didn’t: the plants go quickly.
“We sold out of dill in six minutes,” said Texas Master Gardener Anita Maddox.
Dill is an ingredient in many dishes, Maddox explains, which is why so many shoppers want it for their own gardens.
All of the herb and vegetable plants were grown in the Master Gardeners’ greenhouse, located on Band Road in Rosenberg.
The master gardeners picked the specific plants because they were best suited for the soil and weather conditions in this region of the state.
The master gardeners also hold a spring herb and vegetable sale, which also draws a good-sized crowd of shoppers.
Vegetable plants for sale this year included broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, kale, kobirabi, lettuce and Swiss chard.
Herb plants for sale included black seeded Simpson, Roman chamomile, cilantro, dill, fennel of the Florence variety, majoram, Mexican mint marigold-Texas Tarragon, Greek oregano, flat leaf parsley, sage, salad burnet and French thyme.
Shoppers received a brochure explaining how to grow each of the plants available at the sale, and a telephone number to call in case they have questions.
When the sale began precisely at 9 a.m. Saturday, shoppers raced to tables lined with herb and vegetable plants.
Many shoppers pulled wagons behind them, some brought from home and others provided by the Master Gardeners.
Pecan Grove Elementary School third-grader Emma Sloniger, 8, helped mom Patty shop for herbs and vegetable plants that are destined for an employee garden at her workplace.
They picked up a wagon of Swiss chard, dill, cabbage, sage, broccoli, cilantro, oregano and lettuce.
Many shoppers drove from out of the area to purchase herb and vegetable plants.
Ed and Deborah Connolly drove in from Sugar Land. They stocked up on a wide variety of herbs and vegetable plants, including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, cilantro and dill.
Luciana Francis and daughter Florence also made the drive from Sugar Land.