Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Grayson County Garden Club members Linda Heaverin, left, and Sally McClure work at their booth during the 2019 Master Gardener Plant Fair & Spring Fling.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Grayson County Garden Club members Linda Heaverin, left, and Sally McClure work at their booth during the 2019 Master Gardener Plant Fair & Spring Fling.

The 10th annual Plant Fair & Spring Fling, hosted by the Master Gardener Association of Grayson County on Derby Day each year, saw its highest attendance yet this past Saturday.

Beginning at 8 a.m. and running through the early afternoon at Grayson County Middle School, the plant fair saw more than 700 people attend to see the vendors on display, shop for plants and crafts, and/or take part in the multiple free education sessions put on by the Master Gardeners.

Plant Fair Manager Robin Mundy said organizers were impressed with the turnout for the event, which primarily serves as a fundraiser for the Master Gardener Association's various activities, such as providing a horticulture/agriculture student with a scholarship, supporting local children in need through the Grayson County Alliance BackPack food program and Angel Tree program, and hosting various educational seminars on horticulture throughout the year.

This year's plant fair raised over $1,700 for the Master Gardener Association, and around 19 vendors and eight non-profit booths set up to display and sell their wares Saturday.

"Everything went really smooth," said Mundy, adding that this year's vendors were "ecstatic," with many selling more than they anticipated.

Those who attended the plant fair were pleased with it as well. One such attendee, Teneshia Tarrance, said she and her mother love the event and go every year.

"You can't come here and not get a plant of some sort from somebody," she said.

Her mother Terry Tarrance said she appreciates that the prices for products are low, and she and her daughter filled their car with items from the plant fair this year.

Master Gardener Abbie Bales said the association was very pleased with the turnout and reception for this year's event and hopes it gets more people involved with gardening and the Master Gardener Association.

"We were tickled," said Mundy, echoing Bales' sentiment.

Next, the Master Gardeners will host a children's educational session called Bees and Me about the importance of bees to horticulture on Saturday, June 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grayson County Extension Office. Space is limited, so advanced registration is required by visiting the Extension office at 123 Commerce Dr. in Leitchfield.

The Master Gardener Association of Grayson County meets the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Grayson County Extension Office. Anyone wishing to join the Master Gardeners is encouraged to contact the Extension office and fill out an application. For more information, call 270-259-3492.