Grow with the Master Gardeners

Master Gardner blog imageGear up for Spring by attending information-packed programs from the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners – at your library! Here is a glance at the various Master Gardener presentations this year at your library.

All programs will be 7:00PM-8:00PM in Marvin Auditorium 101AB unless noted otherwise.

January 15, 2015
Using Recycled Materials in Your Garden & Landscape
Spring will be here soon and there are many great ideas for using fun and unique materials in your garden this year. Join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners to learn how to use recycled and repurposed materials in your gardens and landscape.

February 19, 2015
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Practical Pruning Advice
Pruning is an important way to help control growth and maintain the health of your trees and shrubs. February is a good time to prune plants in your yard and landscape. Join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners for tips on when and how to prune your trees and shrubs.

 March 19, 2015
Anton Room 202
Spring Lawn Care
After the drought stress and other weather challenges of the last several years, let the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners give you tips on having a luxurious, weed-free lawn in 2015 and beyond.

April 16, 2015
What Should I Plant in Kansas?
Learn about the best trees, shrubs, turf grass, annual and perennial flowers to grow in your yard and garden from the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners. Emphasis will be placed on those varieties that have been shown by KSU to thrive in our sometimes harsh and variable Kansas conditions.

April 23, 2015
Growing Tomatoes
Tomatoes are one of the most commonly grown vegetables in home gardens. The Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners will talk about selecting the best tomato varieties for home gardens or containers, and tips on getting tomato plants off to a good start.

May 14, 2015
Creative Container Gardening
Growing flowers, herbs and vegetables in containers is gaining in popularity. Members of the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners will discuss all aspects of container gardening, including the best containers to use, appropriate potting mixes, what to plant and how to fertilize and water container plants.

May 28, 2015
The First Time Gardener
Do you want to establish a flower, vegetable or herb garden/bed for the first time? Have you never gardened before? If so, then join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners for ideas and basic techniques related to gardening for the first time.

June 11, 2015
Shade Gardening
Hostas are popular plants to grow in shady environments but many other shade tolerant plants are available to enhance your garden and landscape. Join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners for ideas on how to garden in the shade.

June 25, 2015
Drip Irrigation
It is summer time with hot weather and spotty rainfall. Join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners for ideas on developing a practical drip irrigation system, which will help you keep your garden and landscape healthy while reducing water usage.

July 09, 2015
Controlling Harmful Insects ― Is There Really Such a Thing as an Organic Pesticide?
Mid-summer brings a wide variety of insect pests, which attack our gardens, trees and shrubs. Many different kinds of pesticides are available to help control insects and other pests. An insect specialist from Kansas State University will discuss pesticides and if organic options are available and effective for the home gardener.

August 13, 2015
Fall Lawn Care
Turf grass needs proper care in the fall to look good and survive the rigors of upcoming winter weather. Fall is also a great time to over seed an existing lawn or establish a new lawn. Join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners in discussing proper fall lawn care.

August 27, 2015
Gardens to Attract Bees & Butterflies
It is about time for the Monarch butterfly migration. Pollinator gardens attract bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, bats and hummingbirds, which not only add to the outdoor environment but provide valuable help in pollinating our flowers, trees, herbs and some vegetables. Join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners to learn how to plant and maintain a pollinator garden.

September 10, 2015
Perennial Garden Layout
Join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners to learn the basics of planning, establishing and maintaining a perennial garden.

October 08, 2015
Houseplants & Fairy Gardens
Houseplants will become a focus for gardeners during the upcoming winter months and fairy gardens are becoming more and more popular. Join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners to learn tips about maintaining healthy plants indoors and how to design and build a creative, engaging fairy garden.

November 12, 2015
Sowing Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World Wars I and II
War or victory gardens were important factors in both World War I and II to help assure adequate supply and conservation of food for the home front, soldiers and our allies overseas. Gardens also helped appeal to the American sense of volunteerism and patriotism during times of global conflict. A Shawnee County Extension Master Gardener will describe the 20th century American gardening programs that contributed to our national defense and laid the groundwork for gardening programs we recognize today.

Transform your yard, get more from your garden and have fun with the DVDs, guides and books in our Lawn & Garden Neighborhood. Comment below with what you look forward to learning!

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Erin Seeger

I am the Lawn & Garden and Cooking Neighborhood Librarian who also leads the "Bean There, Read That" book discussion for folks in their 20s and 30s, facilitates the "Master Gardener" series, and the "Cooking by the Book" series at Garfield Community Center.