It is that time of year when area residents begin searching seed catalogs and visiting nurseries to plan for the upcoming gardening seasons. Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (EMGs) are ready to help the public by offering free advice and programs on how to garden here in WNC.
Following are programs coordinated by EMGs to assist the gardening public:
Garden “Hot Line”: If you have questions about any gardening topic, EMGs can help find the answers. Staffed from March through October, Call Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm, 828-255-5522
Gardening in the Mountain: The third Wednesday of each month, March through October, a free lecture will be presented in the Buncombe County Extension Office, 64 Coxe Avenue, 10am. Talks will cover a variety of garden topics. The first program scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, will feature Orchid expert Ralph Coffey, speaking about Success with Orchids.
Plant Clinics and Compost Demos: From April through October, Plant Clinics and Compost Demonstrations will be held at the State Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road. The first clinics of the season will be held on Saturday, April 7 and 21, from 10am – 2pm. EMG volunteers will be on hand in the breezeway of the retail sheds with literature and information to help answer gardening questions and diagnose problems. Compost Demos take place beside Jesse Israel Garden Center and provide information on how to compost at home featuring examples of several compost bin systems.
Tomato Talks A series of programs about Tomatoes will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 1:30pm at the Extension Office and repeated on Saturday, April 28, 9am at the MANNA Demonstration Garden,627 Swannanoa River Road.
Heritage Garden at The Nature Center: Visitors to The Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road, may learn about heirloom plants at the EMG Heritage Garden inside the picket fence by the barn. Heirloom flowers, herbs and vegetables are featured in this self-guided demonstration garden. For more information visit http://buncombe.ces.ncsu.edu/ Or call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension, (828) 255-5522.
The Mission of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Buncombe County is to provide education and current research-based urban horticultural information through North Carolina Cooperative Extension programs and activities, while striving to improve and preserve our natural environment.