Claremore Daily Progress

April 30, 2013

Tomato Man’s Daughter to speak at plant sale

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The Master Gardeners Association of Rogers County is once again offering master gardener grown plants for sale to the public. 
Their annual plant sale fundraiser will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rogers County Building at 614 S. Brady (directly across the street from El Azteca).
This year’s featured speaker at the sale is The Tomato Man’s Daughter, Lisa Merrell. 
At 10 a.m., Merrell will demonstrate how she saves her tomato seed from year to year and will give her top 10 tomato varieties. 
Lisa is the daughter of Tulsa’s famous ‘Tomato Man’, Derrell Glen Merrill, who for more than 20 years, grew, sold and gave growing advice on heirloom tomatoes to scores of area gardeners. Today, Lisa continues this legacy. 
The Master Gardeners Association of Rogers County is a nonprofit, community service, volunteer organization that annually contributes more than 4000 hours to the Rogers County community. The program is conducted by University Extension Service. 
This year’s plant sale will help fund various master gardener projects throughout the area but the focus this year is the Will Rogers Park Renovation. In partnership with the Rogers County Coalition the Master Gardeners plan to landscape and revitalize this historic park.
“The Rogers County Coalition is focused on obtaining new, modern playground equipment and offering healthy play options for our area kids,” said Ann Baker, Rogers County Master Gardener co-president. “We want to provide beautiful landscaping throughout the park and eventually have a teaching garden in keeping with our mission of demonstrating sound horticultural practices through OSU research proven techniques.
“It’s important for us that this be a very ‘Oklahoma Garden’,” she said, “after all, it will be right in the middle of Will Rogers Park and directly across the street from Will Memorial Museum.”