The Fresno Iris Society and Fresno State Nursery will hold their annual rhizome fundraiser and plant sale 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 11 at the university Horticulture Building (3150 E. Barstow Ave., east of Chestnut Avenue).
In addition to iris rhizomes, houseplants, shrubs, perennials and drought tolerant plants, trees and fruit trees will be on sale at the free event, which is open to the public.
“The event comes at the perfect time for planting iris rhizomes, which require warm soil,” said Calliope Correia, a Fresno State horticulture nursery technician.
Funds generated from the sale of rhizomes – the root of the spring-blooming perennial – will benefit the Fresno Iris Society’s efforts to promote interest in irises. The group hopes to encourage community involvement in local garden societies, said Betty Bridger, publicity manager for the society.
Different colors, types and sizes of irises will be available for purchase, with prices based on the rarity. Iris experts will be available to answer questions concerning care and handling of the rhizomes.
Also on sale are plants grown with student involvement and available at a reduced price through the Fresno State Nursery. Nursery staff and horticulture students will be available to answer gardening and plant-related questions.
For more information, contact Correia at 559.278.2952 or email@example.com.
(Copy by University Communications news assistant Samantha Gibson, an agriculture communications major.)