2021 Herb & Vegetable Plant Sale

Luciana Francis and her daughter Florence of Sugar Land shop for herbs and vegetable plants at the Texas Master Gardeners’ sale on Saturday. They purchased kale, cilantro, parsley, broccoli and cauliflower. The Fort Bend County chapter of the Texas Master Gardeners grew the plants in their greenhouses on Band Road. More photos, Page 6A.

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.

2021 Herb & Vegetable Plant Sale

Pecan Grove Elementary School third-grader Emma Sloniger, 8, helps mom Patty with the herb and vegetable plants they purchased Saturday at the annual sale put on by the Fort Bend County chapter of the Texas Master Gardeners. The sale was held at the master gardeners greenhouse on Band Road in Rosenberg.

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.

2021 Herb & Vegetable Plant Sale

Texas Master Gardener Anita Maddox talks to a customer about growing the Caribe variety of cilantro during the annual Herb and Vegetable Plant Sale on Saturday. Maddox said her pots of dill sold out within 6 minutes.

2021 Herb & Vegetable Plant Sale

Ed and Deborah Connolly of Sugar Land head for the checkout counter at the Texas Master Gardeners annual Herb and Vegetable Plant Sale on Saturday morning. They stocked up on a wide variety of herbs and vegetable plants, including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, cilantro and dill.

2021 Herb & Vegetable Plant Sale

Members of the Fort Bend County chapter of the Texas Master Gardeners discuss strategy before the start of the annual Fall Herb & Vegetable Plant Sale on Saturday.

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.

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