The SUNY Cobleskill Plant Science Department’s Annual Spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair on May 6 will offer a wide variety of high-quality, campus-raised vegetables and perennials as well as advice and demonstrations from SUNY Cobleskill’s resident experts.

The sale starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

The annual sale is an eagerly awaited tradition at SUNY Cobleskill and in the broader community. All the plants in the sale are grown by Plant Science students with the proceeds benefiting educational programs at SUNY Cobleskill.

At this year’s sale:

  • Vegetables. George Crosby and Vegetable Production students will offer at least eight varieties of tomatoes including cherry, Roma and determinate types, and heirloom varieties like Mr. Stripey and Brandywine; eggplant, peppers (sweet banana, jalapeno, Hungarian wax and bell types), red and green cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, celery and more.
  • Perennials. The Plant Science Club will offer perennials such as Clematis, Coreopsis species, False Indigo, Hollyhock and Columbine, and Nourse Farms ever-bearing strawberry plants.
  • New this year! The Plant Science Club will sell Mushroom Logs that produce edible mushrooms throughout the summer.
  • The Plant Science Department will have 6″ Geraniums, Fuschia and Thunbergia hanging baskets; new combination baskets of Bidens, Supertunias, Lobelia, Verbena, Ivy Geranium and Ipomea; Winged Begonias, Phlox, Calendula, new varieties of Zinnia and Marigold, Coleus and many more bedding plants; a variety of herbs; a small variety of 2″ potted cacti and tropical plants.
  • Get your soil tested for nutrient levels and pH balance by Professor Terry Forsyth and Plant Science Lecturer Christine O’Dell with student assistants. (How? Bring about half a cup of well-dried soil in a small bag, with several samples taken from the root zone of your plants, about four inches to six inches deep. Try to avoid touching the soil with your bare hands.)
  • One-Stop Bee Shop. The SUNY Cobleskill Bee Club will sell native bee boxes, bee-friendly plants, and bee-related products as well as providing information about how to support pollinators in a home garden.
  • Find an expanded selection of ornamental grasses from Dr. Alex Ellram and SUNY Cobleskill Turf Grass students.
  • SUNY Cobleskill Meat Laboratory Manager Betsy Jensen will offer a variety of high-quality meat from the College’s USDA-approved meat lab and campus farm.

For more information about the Plant Sale, contact Heather Anthony, Greenhouse Manager in the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources at SUNY Cobleskill: 518-255-5051; anthonhk@cobleskill.edu.