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Lectures get you garden wise

Master Gardeners to hold instructional series at Elachee

POSTED: July 26, 2012 12:30 a.m.
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Yanin Jaimes, 8, right, and Yanet Alberto, 9, prune away old growth on lenton roses growing at the Gardens of Green. The Hall County Master Gardeners will offer a two-part lecture series on backyard gardening at the Elachee Nature Science Center.

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If you don’t know your kudzu from coralbells, the “What’s In Your Backyard” lecture series may be for you.

The series is organized by the Hall County Master Gardeners and held at the Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville.

The goal of the series is to teach participants how to become more knowledgeable about landscaping.

Each session costs $15 per person. Participants can pay at the door, or register in advance by calling 770-535-8293 or emailing Wanda Cannon at

From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the lecture will focus on “The Importance of Natives in our Landscapes” and “Exotic Invasives: What They Are and How To ID.”

On Aug. 4, the lecture will focus on “Pollinators and Their Habitats — The Importance of Bees” and “Native Wildflowers in our Backyards.”

After each of the lectures, participants will be able to go on a walking tour of Elachee to observe native plants and wildflowers and a pollinator garden.

The Hall County Master Gardeners are a group of specially trained volunteers, who help educate the public about gardening, horticulture and best practices tips collected through research by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

In additional to holding a variety of educational workshops throughout the year, the Master Gardeners maintain a number of community spaces like the Gardens on Green.

The group also hosts two gardening expos each year, one each in the spring and fall. At those events, attendees can purchase a plethora of plants, landscape art and gardening accessories.

The 2012 fall expo will be held in September at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.


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