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Museum to host fall gardening classes

SoVaNow.com / August 28, 2014
The Southside Master Gardener Association will once again hold fall gardening classes at the South Boston - Halifax County Museum, located at 1540 Wilborn Ave. in South Boston. These classes are free and open to the public, though pre-registration is required.

There will be a Garden Forum on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays with the Master Gardeners on Nov. 14 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kicking off the Garden Forum at 11 a.m. is Barbara Royster with “Seed Saving Techniques and Winter Sowing.” Royster is a Southside Master Gardener who has been saving seeds and using the unique propagation method of Winter Sowing.

Randee Brown will talk share with us “Everything you Need to Know about Turf” starting around 12:30 p.m. Randee is a Danville Master Gardener and brings her turf experience with her hands-on job as Parks Ground Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Danville. Turf serves many uses, such as recreational fields and lawns on which to picnic. She is responsible for eight ball fields, an amphitheater, Parks and Recreation Center landscape maintenance, four miles of the RiverWalk Trail in Danville, and 30 neighborhood parks. Her presentation will be showing soil basics and fertility along with the turf how-to’s from sowing, weed control, proper irrigation and organic controls in an eco-friendly way.

On Nov.14 at 11 a.m. Rev Dele, Permaculturist, makes a return visit to discuss “Climate Reality through a Permaculturist’s Eye”. She will show graphs that illustrate where permaculture is headed and how through permaculture we receive “important lessons of ecological balance which can be repeated in personal yards as well as public green spaces.

Southside Master Gardener Ben Capozzi will discuss the importance of “Composting, A Way to Recycle”. Sometimes, what people might be throwing in the landfill can easily be reused to enrich and to nourish soils and thereby nourishing plants. Following the class, there will be a field trip to Ben’s yard and garden to see compost in various stages. Join this class on Nov. 21 at 11 a.m.

Registration is required for planning purposes. Either e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Halifax Extension Office at (434)476-2147. For more information, visit http://www.ssmga.org.



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