Perennials Are Back

Master Gardeners Expand Offerings for May Plant Sale

After concerns about invasive jumping worms and the COVID-19 protocols prior to that, master gardeners are bringing perennials back to their sale.

The May 24-25 Plant Fair will include the usual vegetables and annuals as well as 44 different native plant species and 35 other perennials, said Sue Kunz, a Door County Master Gardeners (DCMGA) leader and chairman of The Garden Door north of Sturgeon Bay.

For many years, the Master Gardeners divided plants from their own gardens and potted them for sale. This year, to provide perennials but avoid spreading jumping worm cocoons, the DCMGA found a vendor that uses “soilless” potting mix.

Kunz said a lot of people expressed disappointment in past years about the sale not providing perennials, but the DCMGA’s vendor will have a diversity of plants, early bloomers, fall asters and plants that bloom all summer. Guests at the sale will find plants suitable for full sun as well as full shade, such as the wood poppy, she said.

Kunz said some of her favorites on the list include two kinds of bee balm, various coneflowers, three types of milkweed for various moisture conditions and additional pollinator-friendly specimens such as giant blue hyssop. 

“We have a great cross spectrum of plants,” Kunz said.

Proceeds support DCMGA educational programs and The Garden Door.

The sale will begin with a $10 ticketed First Pick Early Bird event 5-7 pm, Friday, May 24. For tickets, call 920.746.2260. Find more information at

Day two on Saturday, May 25 is free and open to the public from 8:30 am-noon at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 Highway 42, Sturgeon Bay.

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