UACES Facebook Master Gardeners virtual auction offers garden gifts and more
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May 11, 2022

Master Gardeners virtual auction offers garden gifts and more

By Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture

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LITTLE ROCK — Supporting beautification and landscape projects across Arkansas while scoring some good shopping deals is as simple as participating in this year’s Master Gardeners virtual auction, opening May 13.

GIFTS FOR GARDENERS — The Master Gardeners will open bidding to their virtual option on May 13. (Division of Agriculture graphic)

The auction is part of the annual Master Gardener State Conference taking place May 19-21 in Springdale, Arkansas. The virtual auction opens at noon on May 13 and closes at 4 p.m. May 20. Bidders can preview the auction items and register to bid at

Proceeds from the auction support the Janet B. Carson County Scholarship Fund, which awards funds to counties for innovative and educational projects and provides scholarships to college-bound high school students. Proceeds also help offset the cost of the Master Gardeners annual leadership conference.

“We have a good assortment of garden-themed decor, artwork, gift cards to Arkansas restaurants and nurseries and some very unique experiences,” said Susan Colles, president of County 76, the statewide advisory group for the Arkansas Master Gardener program.

Bidding on some auction items is available only to conference attendees, while bidding on other items is open to anyone. Some auction items up for grabs include:

  • Arkansas State Parks gift certificate for two nights’ lodging
  • Lunch and tour for two at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm
  • Gift cards to The Grumpy Rabbit restaurant in Lonoke
  • Flower arranging party for 10
  • FLY ARH gift certificate
  • Hand-painted rain barrel
  • Beehive
  • Celtic Knot garden bench
  • Walk-in greenhouse and raised bed kit

Winning bidders can pick up their items at the Holiday Inn Convention Center on May 20, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. or May 21 from 7-8 a.m. If the bidder is not able to pick up items, they will be contacted to make other arrangements to pick up their items.

The Arkansas Master Gardeners program, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is the state’s largest horticulture volunteer and education organization with more than 3,000 volunteers across the state. The volunteers are involved in hundreds of gardening and landscaping projects that benefit public schools, community centers, community gardens, courthouses, historical sites, parks and more. Last year, the Master Gardeners volunteered more than 100,000 hours.

For more information about the Master Gardener program in Arkansas, visit To learn more about other extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us on Twitter at @AR_Extension.


About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Media Contact: Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture