You are invited to join the Pitt County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, Friends of the Pitt County Arboretum, and Danny Lauderdale, Extension Agent as we present a fun Question and Answer session with gardening celebrity, Paul James, the Gardener Guy, who hosted HGTV's Gardening by the Yard TV program from 1996 to 2009. Pass this on to anyone that might be interested.Where:
J.H. Rose High School Performing Arts Center, 600 W. Arlington Boulevard, Greenville, NC 27834When:
January 25, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm, come as early as 9 am to visit our sponsors (listed on attached flyer)Tickets:
$20 General Public (in advance), $15 Friends of the Arboretum (in advance), $30 all tickets at the door. Available at: Pitt County Extension Office, 403 Government Circle, Greenville, 27834, 252-902-1709
or Wild Birds Unlimited, 518 Greenville Boulevard, Greenville, NC 27858, 252-493-0340
. Proceeds benefit the Pitt County Arboretum.More information:
Detailed flyer is attached or call the Extension Office at 252-902-1709
.Check out these videos of Paul James in action:http://www.hgtv.com/gardening-by-the-yard/show/index.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/user/pauljamesgardenerguyhttp://fox4kc.com/2013/05/07/hgtvs-paul-james-the-gardener-guy-on-growing-edible-plants/
Echinecea purpurea Coneflower blooms. Photo by M. Genkins EMG
UNCC Certificate in Native Plant Studies (CNPS)
program was created by the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens in partnership with the NC Native Plant Society and the Habitat and Wildlife Keepers to address the increased interest in native plants in residential landscape and in the wild.
The CNPS program offers a series of well-taught, highly informative courses combining lecture and hands-on learning. Many of the classes are open to the public without prerequisites; however, if you are interested in pursuing the CNPS, the first course for the certificate program “Basic Botany” has been scheduled for 1/17/14-1/19/14.
This core course is only offered once a year and is the pre-requisite for all other core courses and some electives in the CNPS program. Visit the UNCC Botanical Gardens website at http://gardens.uncc.edu/education-events/events/
for more detailed information on the Basic Botany course and other CNPS course offerings.
The Gardening 101 workshop was developed to grow a collaboration of Charlotte-region educators who use or want to use school-based gardening to enhance hands-on learning, support local foods, and expand health and wellness initiatives. The newly established Green Teacher Network is offering this free Gardening 101 Workshop for public, private, charter and home school educators on Friday November 1, 2013 from 10:30am-1:30pm at the CPCC Harris Campus in Building 1/Auditorium. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by Friday 10/25/13. GTN partners include Mecklenburg County Health Department, Catawba River District, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Gaston County Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council, Friendship Gardens, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, and NC Cooperative Extension Mecklenburg County Center. This first workshop was developed to grow a collaboration of Charlotte-region educators who use or want to use school-based gardening to enhance hands-on learning, support local foods, and expand health and wellness initiatives. Gardening 101 will provide teacher participants with basic information on school gardening, opportunities for networking, and a certificate of participation for professional development credit. Email Edna at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. RSVP by Friday 10/25/13 at: http://www.catawbariverdistrict.org/ultimateschoolyardgarden/registernov1
Photo by M. Genkins, EMG
Here in the southern Piedmont of North Carolina fall and winter offer the best conditions for planting and establishing your woody ornamentals (trees and shrubs) as well as select perennials and bulbs.
Trees and shrubs planted during these cool seasons have a better chance to develop healthy root systems because plant resources are not needed for leaf and limb growth or bud and flower production. Be sure to shop for healthy, USDA Zone 7b/8a plants at your local plant sales and remember that all your newly planted trees and shrubs require some extra TLC for the first year. Plant Sales in OctoberWing Haven Fall Plant Sale 10/10/13-10/12/13 at Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary offers a terrific assortment of plants, garden tools and accessories as well as free gardening programs; visit http://www.winghavengardens.com/SeasonalEvents.asp for hours and directions.UNCC Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Sale 10/18/13-10/20/13
offers a wide variety of southeastern native plants and other selections for the garden as well as unique orchids and other indoor plants; visit http://gardens.uncc.edu/blog/2013/09/13/fall-plant-sale-oct-18-20/ Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Fall Plant Sale currently ordering now, deadline 11/7/13
–offers a selection of blueberries, blackberries, fig trees, blackberries, muscadines, and raspberries all grown in nurseries in Georgia or Alabama. Visit http://mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/spotlight/mecklenburg-fall-plant-sale/
to place your order or call 704-336-2082.Photo above: Blooming now - Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal flower bloom, Phlox paniculata Garden phlox blooms, and Baptisia alba White baptisia seed pods – all native perennials.
October is turning out to be a HUGE time for gardening events and programs with Master Gardeners out in the community. Take a break from your fall gardening tasks and bring your most interesting-or most mundane gardening questions to us. Find EMGs happy, resourceful and ready to share the latest garden information with top research on hand. We want to talk about YOUR garden.
In early October EMGs are at: Wing Haven Plant Sale “Ask a Master Gardener”
Day, Thursday, October 10th; Make a stop on the Elizabeth Home & Garden Tour, Sat/Sun October 12-13th
; come uptown to the Fresh Expo with Extension Resource Exhibit at the Blake Hotel Sat, October 12th
from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For our littlest nature lovers, register online, for Story Time and Nature Learning at the Freedom Park Demonstration Garden
Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners (EMG) introduces Listen, Look, and Learn in the Garden
educational programs offering children ages 4-5 the opportunity to experience and enjoy the wonders of nature. Saturday October 12th, 2013.
by Advance Registration. Don't Miss Out!
Space is limited. We hope to see you - or call our hotline at 704-336-4011. Email your question
. Or find answers here on this website!
Ok, so it's one of the top 5 questions we get asked while attending community events like Festival in the Park and the opening of the Romare Bearden Park...while talking with you about YOUR gardens, lawns and yards...you ask us "How do I become a Master Gardener?"
It's one of our favorite topics and we have lots to say!
You fill out the application here online, mail it to the Extension Agent in Mecklenburg County, talk with us in person. You then sign up to attend a Master Gardener program series for about 20 sessions over 10 weeks. It's full of the best gardening research and practical information on all topics. You graduate, we mentor you and you proceed to work volunteer hours in the community on select assignments. All,while continuing your education in monthly meetings, in gardens, at events, on the gardening hotline. Sounds good so far, want to know more? find details waiting for you here on the site "So you want to be a Master Gardener?"
and of course, we welcome your direct call to us at 704-336-4011.
Shoveling mulch and taking a water break are Master Gardeners Rosalie Holzinger, Lauren Iazzetti-Moss, Jennie Torgler & Carol Carraux.
George James, EMG intern keeps hydrated during a workday at Independence Demonstration Gardens.
| |"It’s a tough time for gardens but it’s a tough time for gardeners too.
As gardeners we’re attuned to how our plants are faring, watering them solicitously during the hottest parts of the day, especially our potted plants which can fail quickly when pots dry out. (Our potted plants don’t have access so water reserves in the ground.) But if we gardeners are not careful, we’ll look as wilted as our plants! " an informative post by Connie Shultz, Master Gardener Johnson County writing for the National Extension Master Gardener site - featuring..."Garden Smart and Safe During the Summer Heat,
is a great resource to consult. The Master Gardeners of Mecklenburg, North Carolina, have come to our aide by posting an excellent guide on how to take care of ourselves when temperatures soar."
"Garden Smart and Safe During the Summer Heat is a handy resource with informative tips for both gardeners and gardens. I’d like to thank Margaret Genkins, president of the Master Gardeners of Mecklenburg County..." the garden digger
says, the new National Extension Master Gardener
website is blooming with plants, gardens & the best tips from Extension Gardeners who seem to do and know it all-and share it so well. We love this immediate access to great garden info - all research-based, and the awesome photos from real gardens with inspired writing from some very smart people! features garden resources, current information, right this minute garden news, latest research, answers to garden questions, garden events for all interested gardeners in every state.
A weekend of FUN the new Romare Bearden Park OPENS! From Aug 30 - Sept 1. Check the schedule of planned activities.
Extension Master Gardeners will be there enjoying the new uptown park, gardens and YOU! we'll be under the tents talking about YOUR Garden. Bring your "Ask a Master Gardener" questions on Saturday, August 31st from 10am - 4pm. See you there! as the the new Romare Bearden Park OPENS! From Aug 30 - Sept 1, 2013
Extension Master Gardeners will be there enjoying the new uptown park, gardens and YOU! we'll be under the tents talking about YOUR Garden. Bring your "Ask a Master Gardener" questions on Saturday, August 31st from 10am - 4pm. See you there! Congratulations to everyone at Park and Recreation! After a long, rainy summer we are jazzed about out uptown new greenspace and can't wait to celebrate with you and all of Charlotte.
A favorite EMG end-of-summer tradition held at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. We bring information on gardening to attract hummingbirds, answer your gardening questions, and hold a PLANT SALE.
The festival is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Reedy Creek Nature Center.
Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners (EMG) introduces Listen, Look, and Learn in the Garden
the first in a series of educational programs offering children ages 4-5 the opportunity to experience and enjoy the wonders of nature.
Each program will begin with story time; the book sets the stage for a guided walk in the EMG Freedom Park Demonstration Garden and into the surrounding park. Children will be encouraged to explore the story’s theme through interacting with nature. The pilot program will focus on “the five senses - seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting.”
This “sunshine or rain” program is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. Register in advance: To register online click here
. Please include your name, contact information, your program date, and the number and ages of children attending. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation, so another family can be included. Attendance is limited. Dates: Wednesday, September 25th
, and the program repeats on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 Time:
10 am - 11:00 am