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Advanced Gardener 2019 Begins

Advanced Gardener 2019 Begins

Published: January 09, 2019

Catawba County has strong agricultural traditions, and many residents are eager to learn more about growing their own produce and beautifying the landscape. 

One of the Library’s most popular annual programs has been the Advanced Gardener series, and we’re thrilled to be hosting the workshops for another year. Coordinated by Dr. George Place, director of the Catawba County Cooperative Extension, the informative classes impart a wealth of practical tips backed up by science-based research. 

The presentations are free and open to the public. People can attend the programs that most interest them, or they can complete the series to gain program certification. Two different certification tracks are available this year: 1) The Advanced Gardener one requires attendance at 9 of the classes and 20 hours of service and learning, while 2) the Master Gardener one requires attendance at all 11 seminars, plus specific hours of education, community service, and exams, along with a project and a fee of $100.

The gardening series meets at Patrick Beaver Library in Hickory on the second Thursday of each month (6-7 pm), the Main Library in Newton on the third Tuesday of each month (6-7 pm), and the Maiden Branch Library on the fourth Tuesday of each month (6:30-7:30 pm). 

The 2019 series includes topics focused on controlling fire ants, cultivating mushrooms, pruning shrubs, gardening organically, saving seeds, preserving foods, and much more. For details, contact the Extension office at 828.465.8240 or the Library at 828.465.8664.

Upcoming seminars will take place at 6 pm on Tuesday, January 15 (new start time!) at the Main Library in Newton and at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 22 at the Maiden Branch Library.

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