PULLMAN, Wash. – Gardening celebrity Ed Hume will dispense advice, sell his signature seed packets and sign his gardening books from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the annual Washington State University Horticulture Club’s Mom’s Week-end Plant Sale on Sunday, April 13.
The plant sale runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will take place in the Beasley Coliseum Concourse. The club’s offerings include a wide variety of annuals, geraniums, combination baskets and deck planters.
Hume is host of “Gardening in America,” one of the longest running gardening shows in North America. His two-hour talk radio call-in show, “Ask the Expert,” is one of the most popular in the Puget Sound area. His latest book is “Gardening with Ed Hume: Northwest Gardening Made Easy.” Hume is also the author of the “Keep It Simple Series,” “Gardening with Ed Hume,” and the children’s book, “How to Plant a Bunch of Stuff.” Hume is a member of the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame, a Certified Professional Horticulturist and a Master Gardener.
“We’re really excited to have Ed back at this year’s plant sale,” said Chris Hiles, Horticulture Club graduate advisor. “Ed was very generous in working with our club at last year’s sale. He cut his standard lecture fee in half and split the profits with the club on sales of his company’s seed packets. It was a really nice gesture on his part.”
The Horticulture Club is an active fundraiser for various Pullman-based organizations as well as for WSU students. “Through our plant sales, we are able to give out many thousands of dollars in scholarships each year,” Hiles said. “We also donate to community charities and hold several workshops throughout the year, including one on flower arranging in the fall, which is open to students, faculty, and staff, and a Christmas center-piece workshop.”
“The Horticulture Club teaches students to produce commercial-quality plants,” added James Holden, the club’s faculty advisor.
Founded in the 1890s, the WSU Horticulture Club is one of the oldest and largest student organizations at WSU. Currently, the club has 40 active members from many different majors. Students earn scholarship money in exchange for their work in the club which, among other things, involves transplanting the thousands of plants offered at the several sales the club holds throughout the year.
“The Mom’s Weekend sale is the big one we work toward all year,” said Hiles. “We’ll start work at 4:00 a.m. that morning. Along with members of the Agricultural Technology and Management Club, we’ll be hauling plants into the Beasley Coliseum Concourse until about 7 a.m., when we’ll take a quick breakfast break.”
Upcoming Horticulture Club events, including sales and workshops, are listed on the club web site (http://www.hortla.wsu.edu/hortclub/).