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Pssssst… Here’s some inside info on the plant sale

As always, don’t share it around too widely, as it’s one of the perks of working on campus, and we don’t want to detract from the main public sale on May 16, but it’s a fact that the people organizing the annual Heirloom Plant Sale fundraiser for NAS have been known to sell a plant or two early to their valued co-workers. The hours for this year’s “pre-sale” are noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday (May 15) in the Lab Sciences greenhouse. Cash or checks only. The list of varieties is online at www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/heirloom/sale-2015.asp.

Heirloom plant sale: From ‘King of the North’ to ‘Love Lies Bleeding’

UW-Green Bay’s annual heirloom vegetable plant sale, a fundraiser in support of student research projects and guest speakers in the NAS program, is set for Saturday, May 16, at the Laboratory Sciences Building greenhouse. Without fail, it’s one of our favorite events to write about here at the Log, mainly because of the amazing range of unusual heirloom varieties with names such as WI 55, Dancing with Smurfs, Green Tiger, Bumble Bee and King of Giants (tomatoes), Love Lies Bleeding (flower) and Flamingo (Swiss chard). We have the full rundown and preview of varieties offered for sale – more details.

UW-Green Bay heirloom plant sale is May 16

UW-Green Bay heirloom plant sale

On your mark, get set, let’s garden! Organizers are busy growing thousands of plants in the Laboratory Sciences Greenhouse to be ready in time for the annual University of Wisconsin-Green Bay heirloom vegetable plant sale.

The Natural and Applied Sciences academic department at UW-Green Bay will host the sale Saturday, May 16, at the Laboratory Sciences Building located on campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive. Doors open at 9 a.m. with numbers passed out starting at 7 a.m. for those who don’t want to stand in line. The event is a fundraiser in support of student research projects and guest speakers in the NAS program.

Most plants are $1.75. Those looking for a specific variety of peppers, herbs or flowers often arrive early, but sale organizers say they always have a good selection of tomatoes, herbs, and vegetables for those who wait until later in the day. The sales closes up at 3 p.m.

The UW-Green Bay sale features unique and rare heirloom varieties, introducing local gardeners to new varieties and promoting the concept of agricultural biodiversity. This year the sale features at least 57 different varieties of tomatoes (4,000 or more plants), and 34 varieties of peppers (1,800 plants), including eight different bell peppers, as well as mild, medium, hot and scorching hot peppers.

Additional vegetable offerings are new this year, with more and varied eggplants, broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower, tomatillos, cucumbers, melons, squash, Swiss chard, kohlrabi and lettuce. Also for sale are herbs, including seven kinds of basil, and 15 varieties of old-fashioned flowers. Lists of plants offered and links to descriptions can be found at www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/.

The sale is noteworthy because it offers 150 open-pollinated “heirloom” varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers that were developed by gardeners over the last two centuries to satisfy the needs of most Wisconsin gardeners. The names of some of the sale’s favorite varieties – WI 55, King of the North, Wisconsin Lakes, Minnesota Midget, Pride of Wisconsin, Sheboygan and Wautoma – reflect dedication to sourcing varieties best adapted to northern growing conditions. Plants unlikely to be found elsewhere include ground cherries and garden huckleberries, old-time flowers like “Love Lies Bleeding,” and tomatoes and peppers for salsa crafters, home canners, and sandwich and salad artists.

The wide array of tomato choices includes “Dancing with Smurfs” cherry tomatoes for the kids. The success of “Blush” in gardens last summer led to the offering of more small artisan tomatoes including Green Tiger, Bumble Bee and a new Siberian tomato called “Korol Gigantov,” which translates to “King of Giants” and in one trial averaged 17 pounds of tomatoes from a single plant.

Expanded offerings of sweet and medium peppers are in store, although very hot tropical peppers from South America will remain available. New northern melons and squash varieties will join other newcomers including a distinctive purple cauliflower called Purple of Sicily, a “Flamingo” pink Swiss chard, and a tricolored edible “Poinsettia” amaranth.

The annual sale began in 1994 with 300 plants for sale. Students benefit from the proceeds that are used to bring in scientists and other speakers that students otherwise would not be able to meet, and to support student research projects as well as travel to conferences where they can present results of their research and meet scientists in their fields. Last year’s sale supported research on the bay of Green Bay, local well-water quality, local biodiversity, and magma flows in Antarctica. The funds also allow students to travel to scientific meetings, and brought internationally recognized scholars to UW-Green Bay for the NAS seminar series.


Think spring… by pitching in at greenhouse at transplant time…

It is true that April is the cruelest month. Today’s rain, cold and snow showers provide the evidence. Why not warm things up with a trip to the campus greenhouse over at Laboratory Sciences? This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (April 22-24), between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Vicki Medland and friends are welcoming volunteers to help transplant baby tomatoes and other heirloom plants. Research has shown, Medland says, that hugs, gardening, and giving gifts will boost your oxytocin levels and help to stabilize and elevate your moods: “You can get all three oxytocin boosts when you join friends to give the gift of your time to transplant plants and support the NAS Heirloom Plant Sale!” For more information contact Medland, call ext. 2342.

… or, think spring by planning for May 16 heirloom vegetable plant sale

Natural and Applied Sciences will host the annual heirloom plant sale Saturday, May 16, at the Laboratory Sciences greenhouse. Doors open at 9 a.m. The event is a fundraiser in support of student research projects and guest speakers in the NAS program. Most plants are $1.75. Those looking for a specific variety of peppers, herbs or flowers often arrive early, but sale organizer say they always have a good selection of tomatoes, herbs, and vegetables for those who wait until later in the day. The sale closes at 3 p.m. We’ll have more on this year’s hot new (actually, old) varieties, and a link to our news release, in an upcoming issue.

Heirloom plant pre-sale is later this week

The popular NAS and Cofrin Biodiversity Center Heirloom Plant Sale returns this weekend. (The faculty/staff “pre-sale” — as always, shhhhhhhh — runs from noon to 5 p.m. this Friday, May 16, in the LAS greenhouse. It’s a rare and much-appreciated perk for on-campus employees, so keep it quiet, and use it, don’t abuse it.) The main public sale is Saturday, May 17. Read more.

Spring has sprung! Heirloom sale releases 2014 tomato roster

The annual NAS Heirloom Plant Sale will take place two weeks from now on Saturday, May 17 at the Lab Sciences greenhouse. Sale organizers have posted summaries of all the different tomato, pepper, flower and vegetable varieties that will be available. Plan your garden; plan your sale weekend buying. More details.

Heir(loom) time: Plant sale, Medland featured on “Good Day Wisconsin”

The UW-Green Bay Heirloom Plant sale and gardener extraordinaire Vicki Medland got some great airtime Wednesday (April 23) on Fox 11’s “Good Day Wisconsin.” In four live segments at the Lab Sciences Greenhouse, Medland, associate director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, spoke with reporter Emily Deem about what’s on tap for this year’s sale. Medland talked types of tomatoes, tips for planting and much more during the segments, one of which also featured grad student and heirloom grant recipient Matt Peter. This year’s plant sale is Saturday, May 17 (also graduation day). You can check out the “Good Day Wisconsin” segments, below:

Don’t forget: Medland and Co. will be live on Good Day Wisconsin Wednesday

Just one final reminder that Vicki Medland (and others) will be talking heirloom plants and more with Fox 11 “Good Day Wisconsin” reporter Emily Deem during tomorrow’s show. Look for segments at 5:45, 6:45, 7:15 and 8:15 a.m., or check ‘em out online (at http://fox11online.com/category/good-day-wi/) after the fact. And don’t forget, this year’s Heirloom Plant Sale is May 17.

Medland, Heirloom Plant Sale to be featured live on ‘Good Day Wisconsin’

Fox 11’s “Good Day Wisconsin” will spend Wednesday morning (April 23) at our own Lab Sciences Greenhouse, talking to our own Vicki Medland about the annual Heirloom Plant Sale. Medland, the associate director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, will talk tomato colors, plant transplants, research grants and more during four live segments at 5:45, 6:45, 7:15 and 8:15. Get up early or set those DVRs, and keep an eye on http://fox11online.com/category/good-day-wi/ to watch the segments after they air (we’ll also have the links in Wednesday’s Log). This year’s plant sale is Saturday, May 17.