Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Note from Nancy

Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Hours for 2016

172,465 hours of service and educational outreach in 2016! 
 The Breakdown:
2,364 Volunteers reporting
31,525 Continuing education hours
671 Interns trained
1 State and 2 regional conferences
 These volunteer hours represent a value to Tennessee of $3,607,967.80 in 2016!
We are making a difference in our communities..... We are growing!

A Share from Nancy

Free Webinars

Master Gardeners and Interns - 2 great webinars we can attend indoors as we are all chomping at the bit to get outdoors again! 
Webinars are free!
Just need to get to the internet!
Seed Mix Design with the Tallgrass Prairie Center
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time
Description:  The Tallgrass Prairie Center will present on the latest research and recommendations for prairie habitat seed mix design. Winter is an excellent time to consider seed mixes for upcoming restoration projects, and you can find out what you need to consider when designing and choosing a seed mix for pollinators and monarchs in the prairie. 
Designing and Creating Outdoor Signs for Monarch Waystations and Pollinator Gardens
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time:  2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time
Description: Do you want to engage and educate the public about the value of your Waystation and pollinator gardens?  Interpretive and educational signage is very valuable in communicating the importance of why it is important to create monarch and other pollinator habitat, but the task of designing, creating, and installing attractive and durable outdoor signs is daunting for many.  This webinar will provide valuable information on how to design and create outdoor signs.  Topics will cover sign types and styles, relative costs of types of signs, examples of effective sign layout and design, recommendations for materials choices, suggestions for how to work with a professional sign company, ideas for low-cost alternatives, and how to utilize in-house capacity and volunteer resources.  Quality signage can make your waystation or pollinator garden appealing and interesting while serving the valuable purpose of educating the public on what your garden does and why it is important. 
Register here!
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