By Dee Boggus
It is that time of year again. Time to think of new ways to improve and beautify your outdoor surroundings. Successful landscaping can enhance the beauty of your own property and support local youth and organizations at the same time. How? Just purchase new landscaping and fruiting plants from the Master Gardener Program’s (MGP) 2019 Plant Sale starting February 4th and ending March 15th. By doing so you will help fund a trip to 4H camp for local youth as well as supporting many local charitable organizations (like Habitat for Humanity).
This year local master gardeners have made a concerted effort to choose as many native (plants that originated in and are accustomed to our environment) and fauna attracting (including pollinators like bees and butterflies) varieties as possible for our 2019 sale. Long-lived perennials such as lenten rose and native azalea, beautiful hydrangea bushes, and native herbaceous perennials that
hummingbirds love are often overlooked as garden choices. If you have been sighing over your current landscape and are looking for improvements, a solution that will satisfy those desires is at hand. Our Pickens County MGP has worked hard to compile a generous list of suitable, sustainable plants that you can reserve for purchase on line or by mailing an order form to the MGP office. And (new for this year) the MGP is offering a Spring Fling Gardening Symposium to help you successfully install and grow your choices.
The Spring Fling Gardening Symposium is a free forum that will offer interactive and informational stations covering a variety of gardening topics such as fruiting plants, flowering bulbs, wildflowers, planting for pollinators, evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs. Local master gardeners will be on site to present the material and answer all gardening questions. Refreshments and door prizes will also be a part of the event. The symposium will be held on two different dates at the Pickens County Extension and Master Gardener office at 503 Stegall Drive: February 4th from 6 to 7 p.m. and February 9th from 1 to 3 p.m.
Master gardeners provide workshops on a variety of planting, gardening, gardening pests and diseases, and other nature themed topics at the Saturday Farmers Market (also a MGP event) and throughout the year in our office. At that location, MG members also help man the office for the Extension Agency and hold support meetings. Funding for all of this comes largely from the MGP yearly plant sale. Questions about the MGP, the 2019 Plant Sale, or the Spring Fling Gardening Symposium can be answered at 706-253-8840 or by visiting pickensmg.org and clicking on the links.