Saturday, June 8, 2013

Class Schedule!

Master Gardeners offer Summer Classes

Are you a new gardener with more questions than answers?  Are you an experienced gardener recently moving to Putnam County, but having difficulty with your gardens?  Maybe you are an avid gardener who enjoys taking classes and learning new things.  If any of these define you, Master Gardeners invite you to sign up for summer gardening classes to improve your gardening skills.

Classes will be taught either at the (UT Extension Bldg) on South Walnut or on the fairgrounds in the Master Gardener’s Building.  A variety of classes are scheduled for summer, with additional classes planned for the fall.  Several Master Gardeners will teach the classes and share their knowledge in an informative yet fun atmosphere.

The following classes are currently scheduled:

“Flower Gardening 101” will be taught June 20th, Thursday evening 6 – 7:30 p.m.  This class is designed for the person who is new to gardening or new to our area.  Bring a sack dinner and enjoy a fun class.

“Making a Garden Trellis” will be taught on June 22nd, Saturday 9 – 12:00.  The class is $10 plus the cost of a supply list.  Each person who purchases a “supply list” will leave with a trellis.  Couples may pay $10 and make one trellis if desired.

“Food Preservation by Hot Water Bath & Pressure Canning” will be taught June 29th, Saturday morning, 9 – 11:00 a.m.  Class cost $10 per person with a book provided for each.

“Making Pickles and Relishes” will be taught July 13th, Saturday morning 9 – 11:00 a.m.  Learn to preserve your garden produce for gifts or later use.  Class cost $10 per person with a book provided for each.

“Establishing and Caring for a Fescue Lawn” will be taught July 18th, Thursday evening 6 – 8:00 p.m.  Bring a sack dinner and learn some simple tips to improving your lawn.

“Gardener’s Annual Maintenance Calendar & Tips” will be taught September 19th, 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Bring a sack dinner and learn what to do the rest of the year in your gardens.

To enroll in classes, call UT Extension at 526-4561.  Unless otherwise noted, classes cost $10 per person, $16 for a couple, or $5 each for groups of 3 or more.  Classes are limited to 25 people, so call early to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New Garden at the Library: Master Gardeners and Putnam County Library

New Garden at the Library: 
Master Gardeners and Putnam County Library
Putnam County Master Gardeners have recently completed the installation of brand new gardens at the Putnam County Library.  The staff at the library called on the help of Master Gardeners to design and install plantings and hard-scape in a dreary, ignored corner of the library's front lawn.  The grass was dying and bushes there were withering away.  With the dry shade conditions and poor soil, Master Gardeners started with a soil test, and a good design.  Soil was amended according to the recommendations of the soil test, and the design was implemented with a path and plants that will tolerate both partial shade and dry conditions. 
The Herald-Citizen recently featured a story on the gardens.  Read more: Herald Citizen - Master Gardeners Library celebrate completion of gardens

To celebrate the completion of the gardens, the library and Master Gardeners will be hosting a Garden Party Open House on Saturday, June 8th at 10:00 till noon.  Refreshments will be served and it is open to the public.  Come see the new gardens and hear about how it came to be.  Learn more about the library's summer reading programs and how you can achieve such a garden in your own back yard.  Talk to Master Gardeners and learn more about our programs.

Picture by Serina Wells

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Two-year-old Harper Wells helps her mother, Serina, a member of the Putnam County Master Gardeners, tend to the gardens at the Putnam County Library. Ty Kernea | Herald-Citizen
Read more: Herald Citizen - Master Gardeners Library celebrate completion of gardens

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Library staff members and Putnam County Master Gardeners gathered to show off the completed gardens at the library. Pictured kneeling, from left, are Chris Phillips, front desk clerk at the library; Stacie Johnson, assistant director; two-year-old Harper Wells and Master Gardeners Kathy Johnson and Serina Wells; and in back, Terry Robinson, Master Gardener; Amanda Yother, children's services coordinator; Master Gardeners C.B. Coburn, Fran Hutchinson, Glennys Ulschak and Anita McCawley and Friends of the Library member Joanne White. Ty Kernea | Herald-Citizen

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