Small Gardens for Small Spaces - Container Gardening 101: Wednesday, March 12, 2014. 12 noon- 1:30 pm. No land? No problem! Learn how to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs year-round in containers. Extension Master Gardeners teach planting and maintenance basics for a healthy container garden: materials, styles of containers, various potting mixes, fertilization, and watering requirements. Discover which varieties do best in containers including those varieties that not only taste great but are also attractive. Free. Hands on demonstrations - learn by doing! FREE. Register in advance. And find ALL Sustainable Living classes here.
Understanding Our Food System: Wednesday, February 26, 2014. 12 noon - 1:30 pm. Local, sustainable, organic, commercial...all terms that relate to our food system. Learn what they mean and how the food system affects your family. Kristin Davis, Extension Agent, provides an experiential learning experiment for everyday consumers who want to understand our food system. FREE. Register in advance. And find ALL Sustainable Living classes here.
Sustainable Living is newly expanded and features useful classes on topics that are close to your home and garden. Please join us for this class and many upcoming topics you will find interesting - and useful, to your sustainable lifestyle.
Popular Workshop Series Grows! Sustainable Living offers New Class Topics from Gardening to Canning during Noon Hour
ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE LIVING SERIES
The Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Sustainable Living Series is a collaboration of Mecklenburg Family and Consumer Sciences and Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners to provide citizens with education to incorporate sustainable practices into their lifestyle. From gardening to canning, the Sustainable Living Series connects families with nature, nutrition and sustainability in a practical and fun way!
Now open for Registration!
Click here to register.
If you have questions or concerns regarding registration, please contact the Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Office at: 704.336.2082.
Spring into Gardening: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Time: 12 noon-1:30 pm
Eat healthy, exercise, and save money by planting a spring garden. From gardening basics like soil preparation, seed propagation, planting dates, and harvesting techniques to recommended vegetables to enjoy through the spring and early summer, to easy gardening tips to ensure a bountiful harvest, Extension Master Gardeners teach you how to grow healthy, delicious food in the spring. Free. Hands on demonstration -you learn by doing. Register in advance. And find ALL Sustainable Living classes here. Place: Extension Auditorium, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte NC 28204.
More interesting topics are coming up this year. Dates and topics to follow! Find a class or two and register in advance.
Lincoln County Cooperative Extension kicks off its centennial celebration with a breakfast, February 5 2014, featuring Bryce Lane award winning speaker, host of In The Garden, a horticultural show specific to North Carolina, and a recently retired instructor in North Carolina State University's Department of Horticulture. Bryce will share his enthusiasm for North Carolina's Cooperative Extension and gardening in North Carolina.
Don't miss this opportunity to see Bryce in person.The public is invited to the Centennial breakfast at 7:30 on February 5, 2014 at the James Warren Citizen Center in Downtown Lincolnton. Tickets for the breakfast and keynote address are $10 in advance and available through the Cooperative Extension office or online. The meal is catered by Farmer-Baker-Sausage Maker, the new local food restaurant opening in downtown Lincolnton in March.
Following breakfast, there will be a coffee and book signing with Leah Chester Davis, co-author of the Successful Gardener Guide at 9am. Bryce Lane will offer a lecture open to the public at 10:00 am. Reservations for the free lecture are available by calling the Extension office at 704-736-8452. All events will be held at the James Warren Citizens Center, 115 West Main Street, Lincolnton.
For further information, contact the NC Cooperative Extension Service – Lincoln County Center at 704-736-8452 or at http://lincoln.ces.ncsu.edu/.
Cooperative Extension began in 1914 with Congress signing the Smith Lever Act to bring more educational resources to rural communities. Cooperative Extension is a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based research and knowledge to the people. With support from NC State and NC A&T universities, Cooperative Extension brings vital information and programs that help grow local economies, local communities, and individuals’ capacity for leadership and healthier lives.
UNCC Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce the formation of the Carolinas Chapter of the Azalea Society of America.
The inaugural meeting will be held on January 26 at 2pm at UNCC Botanical gardens. During this meeting plans and upcoming programs will be discussed. The President of the Azalea Society of America will lead a workshop on "Growing Azaleas from seed".
This will be a great way to meet fellow Azalea enthusiasts and learn more about azaleas. You do not have to become a member if you attend. All are welcome. For more information contact
Chris Wetmore firstname.lastname@example.org or UNCC Botanical Gardens
Davidson Horticultural Symposium, early registration is open now & limited seats fill quickly.
Come join fellow gardeners and get inspired to go out and play in the garden. Remember, spring is just around the corner. This year's Davidson Horticultural symposium is March 4, 2014, from 8:00-4:00 on Davidson's college campus in the Knobloch Campus Center.
For thirty years, Davidson Horticultural Symposium has had distinguished speakers and innovative garden topics. This year the symposium's focus will be to renew our senses and bring back the joys of why we garden The speakers will present fresh perspectives and offer new ideas and layouts for your garden. Learn how to utilize native and heritage plants in your landscape. You will be able to view some of these plants up close and personal, and may even be inspired to purchase one and take it home. To register and see the list of speakers go to Davidson Horticultural Symposium.
Want a fun project to do with your children? Maybe a husband and wife outing? Mecklenburg County soil and water division will hold a tree seedling sale on 22 February 2014. Plant a tree with your family and watch it grow.
A few benefits of planting a tree:
reduce air pollution
conserve water and help with soil erosion
add wildlife and plant diversity to the yard
For more information click here to view the brochure. Also, be sure to check out their 2013 Newsletter.
Mecklenburg County Beekeepers Association Bee School is open for registration! Keeping bees in your yard is a great way to pollinate plants, enjoy delicious honey, and keep nosy neighbors at bay.
I attended Bee school last year and learned the art of keeping bees in my backyard. Not only was there textbook learning but I was also paired with a mentor who helped me get started.
Bee school starts 14 January 2014 from 7-9pm on Tuesday at Providence United Methodist Church (2810 Providence Rd). The cost is $70.00, which includes a textbook and a one year membership to the association. Register at http://meckbees.org or call 704-563-5636.
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 27834
When: 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:
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.