The third Friday in January is Arbor Day in Florida, and just in time for this prime planting season the Walton County Master Gardeners are busy putting the finishing touches on their annual Plant & Tree Sale, which takes place the following day, from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 at the Walton County Fair Grounds, 790 N 9th St (Hwy 83).

The plants available for sale are chosen for their ability to do well in local gardening zones, including ornamental and fruit trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, vines, ferns, heirloom bulbs and more, and many of the plants are grown pesticide free.

If you’ve been to the sale in the past and are interested in purchasing something other than the same old plants that are always sold, this is the sale for you. There will be a wide selection of both gorgeous heirloom bulbs that are a rarity in today’s nurseries and interesting hybrid daylilies to add a little flower power to your landscape. The Walton County Master Gardeners have also gone over their inventory with a fine-toothed comb to remove the plants that haven’t fared quite as well at past sales and replaced them with new, Florida-Friendly species that you’ll enjoy and be successful with!

Also, the Walton County 4-H program is bringing back their home-cooked Pancake Breakfast in conjunction with the Plant & Tree Sale. Enjoy a hot breakfast and support the youth in 4-H, then browse the excellent selection of plants and take advantage of our educational resources, agents, and Master Gardeners by learning all the ins and outs of the plants you purchased and how to care for them as well as getting all your other pressing landscape questions answered.