by Holly Steinfeld

Tomato, pepper fans crop up in Fullerton

FULLERTON – The weather was a little soupy, but the turnout was still decent at the 2012 Monster Tomato and Pepper Sale at the Fullerton Arboretum on Saturday, though not as good as last year.

“These are the diehard gardeners,” said Fullerton Arboretum and Botanic Garden volunteer and independent master gardener Don Martin. “The rain scared most away. Last year people were fighting over parking spaces.”

Farah Daker of Fullerton talks with other shoppers as she waits to pay for her plants at the Fullerton Arboretum and Botanic Garden’s annual Monster Tomato and Pepper Sale.KEN STEINHARDT, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

With more than 250 varieties of tomato plants and about 200 types of hot and sweet peppers, there was something for every taste.

Shopper Candy Newberry of Brea said she came to find tomato plants that are a little different.

“I can’t find these anywhere else. I’m looking to round out my garden,” she said.

The sale continues Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Potting Shed on the grounds of the Arboretum.

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