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Classes available for gardeners in new year

Posted: January 1, 2012 - 12:08am
Master gardener Suzanne Thomas leads a group of volunteers who work with the maintenance team at the Martinez Post Office to improve the landscaping. Thomas is also one of the featured speakers for the Augusta Council of Garden Club's basic horticulture workshops. Shown are Post Office maintenance worker James Williams (from left), Thomas, Marilyn Donnan and Carol Lapp.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Master gardener Suzanne Thomas leads a group of volunteers who work with the maintenance team at the Martinez Post Office to improve the landscaping. Thomas is also one of the featured speakers for the Augusta Council of Garden Club's basic horticulture workshops. Shown are Post Office maintenance worker James Williams (from left), Thomas, Marilyn Donnan and Carol Lapp.

Now that the holidays are over, gardeners can look to the new ywear for ways to improve their techniques for the upcoming growing season.

With that in mind, the Augusta Council of Garden Club is holding basic horticulture workshops led by area master gardeners and gardening experts.

The first class of the year will be held Jan. 14 and will focus on tree and shrub care. Cathy Black, Suzanne Thomas and Laura Sheets will lead the class, which will include a tour of the Augusta State University campus.

The classes are being offered for the second year, said ACGC President Judy Kirkland. Last year’s response was overwhelming, and many people expressed an interest in having additional classes offered this year, she said.

Each monthly class focuses on a new topic, with topics for this year’s program including seasonal gardening, indoor and container gardening, herbs and new cultivars. Each class also includes a tour of a local garden or gardens.

The Saturday classes will be held Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 10, May 12 and June 9. Each class is held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until noon. Afternoon tours will run 1-4 p.m. The cost of the classes is $25 per session with light snacks provided.

Some of last year’s participants came from as far away as Watkinsville, Crawfordville, Doraville and Savannah, Kirkland said.

“We have had about the same number of attendees so far this year as last year,” said Kirkland. “Some of the same people are attending because they enjoyed it so much and we are visiting different places.”

The maximum class size is set at 35, so it’s important to register as soon as possible. Registration can be made by contacting Ginny Allen at (706) 736-6793 or vallenotr@aol.com.

A list of speakers and registration information is available on the Council’s Web site at www.augustacouncilgc.com.

“One of the things most enjoyed about the series is the informal atmosphere and the opportunity to exchange information with participants,” said Kirkland.

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