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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Join the Master Gardener Volunteers at 10 am on the third Thursday of the month for a Morning with the Masters speaker series. MGVs will be on hand to assist and discuss garden-related topics.

Cost: $15 registration (includes the program, coffee, a light breakfast, and handouts)

Dates and Topics:

  • February 15th: How to Successfully Start Plants from Seeds  – Jim and Peg Zeleznik
    • Vegetables, Flowers, Native Plants—What plants are you wanting for your gardens this year? Starting plants from seed can save you money and increase the variety of plants available for your gardens—especially those hard to-find natives needed for our pollinators. However, there are some things you need to know to achieve success. Join us for the most up to date information available to help you successfully start your plants from seed.
  • March 21st: Preparing Your Soil for Planting – David Sprague
    • Planning on a new garden this year or renovating an established one?  Learn what you need to know about soils for a new or renovated garden.  Class will cover planning for a garden, in-depth information on garden soils and soils for special cases like raised beds and containers. 
  • April 18thFloriography: The Language of Flowers - Kathy Emptage
    • Did you know flowers have a language? They do! Join us to explore more about what our flowers have to say and what they mean!
  • June 20th: You Planted Herbs, Now What? - Barb Kostelic and Kathy Costa
    • Join us as we discuss an overview of growing a variety herbs. We will present on how to obtain optimum results from planting to harvesting, as well as preserving.
  • July 18th: Color in Winter – Steph Hughes 
    • Come November, we all start thinking about holiday centerpieces, porch decorations, and wreaths. But, true colors of the holidays begins long before. Planting the reds of dogwoods, winterberry, and holly; the yellows of dogwoods, cypresses, and arborvitae; and the deep greens of cedar, spruce, and pine comes in spring and fall. In winter these are a delight in the yard, as well as an "inventory of materials" for decorating your home  be it porch, yard, dining room table, or mantle. Come and explore the many options of Color in Winter.
  • August 15thOvercoming Limitations and Challenges in Your Garden – Kary Shively
    • Come learn how to reduce fatigue and increase productivity by using these tools and techniques as you garden. We will discuss use of raised beds and containers, adaptive tools, plant selection, and gardening style changes. 
  • September 19thSmart Plants and Pollinators – Lil Quaranta
    • Pollinator gardens can be successful depending on the amount of time spent on preparation and planting. Not much prep work can result in a less than average amount of pollinators visiting your garden. Join us to discuss ways to plan a better garden layout and protect the pollinators who arrive.