How you can create a sustainable, healthy, beautiful home landscape with thoughtful plant selections and proper placement. Learn more in Right Plant, Right Place this Sunday, May 15 at UNCC Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road from 1 - 1:30 pm. Extension Master Gardener Margaret Genkins shares the basics of plant requirements and design factors, answers your gardening questions and provides landscape advice. Stroll the many beautiful UNCC botanical gardens following the program through 4 pm. Free. email@example.com www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org
It was a wonderful cool spring morning on May 7th and April 30. Plant sale funds help fuel EMGV free community gardening programs all-around town at libraries, auditoriums, events, festivals and universities where gardeners gather to learn and GROW. Many, many thanks for your plant picking, fund raising, garden shopping spree at ALL 3 of the Extension Master Gardener spring plant sales. Please join us this fall (date tba) at the Reedy Creek Hummingbird Festival for our last (but one of the best!) plant sales of the year. Check our website www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org for how to grow info, upcoming programs and events OR call/email the Hort HELP Desk firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. Happy Gardening! and thanks again!
Perennial SALE Day! breathe the cool spring air, come out this morning, choose your new plants, see you at Armory Drive!
It's our first in-town, Extension campus Plant SALE ever! 'Indigo Spires' Baptisia is a new cultivar selected because of its excellent habit and heavy flower production, forms a fully rounded, 3 1/2 to 4' clump of blue-green foliage and in early summer it has 12 to 15" spikes of deep violet purple flowers with a yellow midrib, all around the clump.
Height: 40 - 48"Spacing: 36 - 48" apart Light: Full sun to part sun
Stop in our convenient location in the Elizabeth neighborhood, near CPCC with easy access to 1418 Armory Drive which winds around Independence Park. At the Extension Learning Center is one of two Demonstration Gardens designed and maintained by Master Gardeners. Open and ready for you to stroll and shop Saturday May 7 from 9 am - noon. EMGs are always ready for your gardening questions! details: www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org, Help Desk 704-366-4011, email: email@example.com
The Master Gardener PLANT SALE is this Saturday morning, April 30 at Yorkmont Farmers Market and Matthews Community Farmers Market. Now is the time to add to your must-have list of plants, herbs, flowers, shrubs and more. Try new vegetables that are not commonly offered and make great additions to your edible garden landscape. Bring your garden questions and Ask A Master Gardener. Find great prices on great plants proven to thrive in Southern Piedmont gardens. Extension Master Gardeners propagate plants from their own gardens, demonstration gardens and greenhouse for sale to the public at regional farmers markets. The proceeds from these sales help fund community education programs and horticultural scholarships for students at local colleges. For more details firstname.lastname@example.org
Spread the word--The Mecklenburg County Master Gardeners and UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens are partnering to bring you more opportunities for learning. Start your Saturday afternoon April 23 visit at 1pm with a free program "Time to Grow Terrific Tomatoes!" (30 minutes - 1 hour), and then enjoy the beauty of the greenhouse and gardens at your leisure. Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Margaret Genkins will present fool-proof gardening tips for growing juicy, tasty tomatoes as well as information about types of tomatoes and varieties that do well in our humid, hot Piedmont summers.
This is a great opportunity to ask questions about tomato-growing or any gardening topic. After the talk the Master Gardener Volunteers will be onsite until 4 pm, answering questions, providing landscape advice, and talking with garden visitors.
Where: The McMillan Greenhouse, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262. You may park in any unrestricted spot on the weekends. Don't miss out on future talks, mark your calendars for your favorite topics!
Presenting Irises for Exhibition: April 16, 9:30-11 a.m. Charlotte Iris Society, 1820 East 7th Street. 9:30 Coffee/Pastries. 10 a.m Greg Schaffer discusses floral arranging with irises for show (Iris Society annual show April 30 at Black Lion, 10635 Park Road). A plant exchange will conclude the meeting. Free. email@example.com.
Natural Healing from the Garden - Plants as Medicine: Apr 18, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Garden Club at the Mint Museum, 2730 Randolph Road. Joe Graedon, pharmacologist and Terry Graedon, medical anthropologist will discuss healing plants. The Graedon’s are co-hosts of The People’s Pharmacy program on National Public Radio. Free.
Have No Fear!: Apr. 16, 2 - 3 p.m., McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Rd. Scared of snakes? Bugged by bugs? Terrified of turtles? Separate fact from fiction about misunderstood animals, learn why these animals should be revered instead of feared. Free, registration required. parkandrec.com, 704-588-5224
Send regional garden and nature calendar listings to Mecklenburg County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't miss this two (and a half) day plant extravaganza! Friday, April 15, 9 am-3 pm and
Saturday, April 16, 9 am-3 pm. Shop UNCCBG's special selection of native plants & exotic botanicals --wildflowers, trees & shrubs, perennials, tropicals, succulents, venus fly-traps and other carnivorous plants -- at our largest sale of the year. This is a great opportunity to buy hard-to-find natives, as well as discover asurprise or two. As always, our knowledgeable staff and volunteers are ready for your questions and to help you navigate the selections. Happy shopping and happy planting! GPS address: 9090 Craver Rd. Charlotte, NC 28262
**Want to make sure you get the pick of the plant lot? YES! Get to the plant sale early this year by becoming a Steward of the Gardens. Besides early entry into the plant sale, Stewards also take home a free native plant, get discounts from local vendors, and other benefits. Check out our new Garden Stewardship program (and even join online!)
not a Steward yet? You may join online or at the sale on Thursday Member's (Steward's) Afternoon -Thursday, April 14, noon-3 pm
Parking: Parking available across the street from the greenhouse and in Lot 16 for sale and gardens visitors during the sale. Parking attendants be on hand to direct you and will be opening the gated lot for plant pick-ups.
Payment: Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted with all proceeds supporting the operations of the Botanical Gardens.
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Ask a Master Gardener: Mar 26, 8 a.m.-noon, Davidson Farmer’s Market, 120 South Main St, Davidson. Got garden and plant questions? We’ve got answers! Drop by and tell us what's happening in your garden. Or contact the Hort Help desk at email@example.com or 704-366-4011
Sowing & Growing, Planting & Harvesting: Mar 31, 6-7:30 p.m. NC Cooperative Extension Service, 1418 Armory Dr. Learn how to create or improve your own productive, sustainable garden. $5. 704-336-2082
Landscape Design and Installation: Apr 2, 10-11:30 a.m., New Hope Garden Center, 2703 Beaty Rd., Gastonia. Learn to design your own yard, including measuring, best location for plants, proper spacing and different layouts. The Gaston County Beekeepers Association will be discussing the beneficial impact bees have in the pollination of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Free. Register: www.newhopegreenhouse.com, 704-824-1799
Track Trails-Nature's Hide & Seek: Mar 26, 3- 4 p.m., McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Rd., take a guided 1.2 mile hike to see what can be found in the Nature Preserve. Participants will receive the Nature's Hide & Seek guide to aid in exploring the woods in search of local flora and fauna. Wear hiking shoes. Registration required. Free, Ages: 8 and up, www.parkandrec.com, 704-588-5224
Amphibian Hunt: Mar 26 & 27, 12:30 p.m., Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Rd.
Join the naturalists for a spring amphibians scavenger hunt. Explore the Museum grounds to find some slimy friends and observe them in their natural habitat. Included with Museum admission: $8 www.charlottenaturemuseum.org, 704-372-6261, x300
Mighty Ants: Mar.28, 10:45 a.m. & 1:45 p.m. Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Rd., Huntersville. Ants have been able to survive on earth for over 100 million years! Learn about how ants hear, taste, touch and smell. Members/free, non-members/$10. Discoveryplacekids.org, 704-372-6261 x-300
Camp Wing Haven: Jun 20-24, Jul 18-22, Aug 15-19. Wing Haven Children’s Garden,
260 Ridgewood Ave. Budding naturalists enjoy fun-filled, hands-on play in the dirt experiences.
Cost: $125 members/$150 non-members. For program highlights/Info: www.winghavengardens.com/ChildActivities.asp, 704-331-0664, firstname.lastname@example.org
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