By Jason A. Smith
A fund-raiser for young people in Henry County is in full bloom.
The 4-H Geranium Sale began Tuesday, at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office, located at 97 Lake Dow Road in McDonough. The plants are available for purchase for $8 each, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m., to 4:30 p.m., according to Extension 4-H Agent Heather Dunning.
Dunning said local 4-H'ers have been working with a McDonough nursery, Oglevee Ltd., to get the geraniums ready for sale in anticipation of the Geranium Festival on May 15. Dunning said that in addition to regular sale hours, 4-H'ers will sell the geraniums on May 1 from 9 a.m., to 12 p.m., at the Extension Office for anyone who is unable to come to the facility during business hours.
"The kids work with the geraniums up until the Geranium Festival, pruning and prepping them," she said. "Not only does it teach them about horticulture, but it also allows them to have a hands-on experience within their own fund-raiser. Proceeds from this fund-raiser go to support various programs we conduct throughout the year."
Frank Hancock, the Extension's agriculture and natural resource agent, said the annual Geranium Sale is the No. 1 fund-raiser for the 4-H program each year.
"Last year's sale was very successful," Hancock said. "When the festival was over, we didn't have a single geranium left."
Last year's sale raised between $3,000 and $4,000, said Extension Coordinator Susan Howington.
"We hope we will at least do that and better this year, to help with our 4-H program," she said.
Although the plants are available in a variety of colors, the Extension Office has more red geraniums than other colors, Hancock said.
"A lot of variations of pink are not in heavy supply," he said. "If you come earlier, you have more to pick from."
For more details, call the Extension Office at (770) 288-8421.