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Master Gardeners to Assist MRL

9/3/2013
The Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association will be on hand at Massanutten Regional Main Library September 12-28 at various times to answer gardening questions. The group, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, will also volunteer its time to sell various fall bulbs for MRL with the library system receiving fifty percent of all sales.  The group will also advise consumers on how to plant the bulbs.
 
Bulbs can be purchased at any of MRL’s seven locations and also ordered on-line until October 25 at http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/i/t/382853/Y032c9etG4wk.
 
Consumers can also link to the bulb catalog from MRL’s website at www.mrlib.org
 
 “Ordering on-line gives a longer length of time for consumers to order the bulbs yet still support the library system,” says Kim Haines, Development Director for MRL.  “This fund-raiser for the library proved quite beneficial last spring and individuals appreciated the free gardening advice, so we are repeating the process for fall bulbs.  We appreciate the time the Master Gardeners place on this endeavor and their devotion to the Massanutten Regional Library system.” 
 
MRL Reference Librarian Cheryl Metz has also prepared a gardening brochure with a catalog of gardening books available through the MRL system. Library patrons can pick up a gardening brochure at one of the seven locations of Massanutten Regional Libraries.
 
The public is encouraged to check with the Master Gardeners for gardening advice, and group members will be at MRL Main on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 12-28,  from 10am-2pm, Wednesdays from 5-8 pm, and Saturdays from 1-3 pm.
 
With the Poet Laureate of Virginia visit at Main on Saturday, Sept. 21, the Master Gardeners will extend its hours from 12:30-3 pm for that event.
 
Consumers will be able to purchase fall bulbs from the Flower Power Company and the bulbs will be delivered right to the consumers’ doors.  Buyers can select from an assortment of bulbs including various daffodils, tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, irises, lilies, and alliums.   Master Gardeners members will be on hand to take orders. 
 
"Realizing the wonderful service that the Massanutten Regional Library System provides for our community, the Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association is happy and honored to partner with them to help support the sale of fall bulbs Sept. 12-Sept. 28.   An important part of our purpose is to educate the public in appropriate horticultural practices and members of our association will be present at the library to not only participate in this fundraiser but to also offer gardening advice,” states Rudy Smith, President of the Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association. 

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