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Hall County students get lessons in horticulture from master gardeners
Yanin Jaimes, 8, right, and Yanet Alberto, 9, prune away old growth on lenten roses growing at the Gardens on Green to help spur new growth on the plants. Beginning next week, the Hall County Master Gardeners will use the Gardens on Green space to host “Tuesday at 12” classes on a variety of gardening topics. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

"Tuesday at 12"

Adult gardening classes at the Gardens on Green, 711 Green St., Gainesville

All classes begin at noon

March 29: Growing hellebores and more

April 12: Saving the hemlocks

April 19: Growing camellias

April 26: Growing ferns

Two years after local gardeners planted the seed of establishing the Gardens on Green, the fruits of their labor continue to pay off.

The gardens, which are adjacent to the Hall County Board of Education, 711 Green St., continue to be a living classroom for the community.

"Every Tuesday, we have a group of students in junior master gardening programs that come work in the gardens. We also have classes that come take field trips to the garden," said Lee Lovett, Hall County deputy superintendent.

"We’re teaching them about planting, plant growth and also about nutrition. It’s a good learning opportunity."

The gardens not only showcase flowering plants and shrubs, there’s also a vegetable garden, which helps expose the students to fresh fruits and vegetables.

The garden is a joint venture between the Hall schools and the Hall County Master Gardeners. In addition to teaching students about plants, the groups have come up with additional learning opportunities for the community at large.

Beginning tomorrow, the groups will host the first of four spring "Tuesday at 12" classes for adult gardening enthusiasts.

The classes will be held in the garden at noon on Tuesdays. Each session will focus on a different topic.

"We thought this would be a good service to give people gardening information," Lovett said.

"It also gives master gardeners the opportunity to share their knowledge with the people who are interested in learning."

For this week’s class, master gardener Mary Wenger will lead a presentation on "Growing Hellebores and More."

The next session on April 12 will focus on saving hemlocks.

"There’s a bug that’s killing the hemlocks in Georgia," Lovett said.

"(Donna Shearer) is going to talk about the problem and also treatment (options)."

Other classes will focus on growing camellias and ferns.

Informational sessions will be held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the classes will move inside the board of education office.

The classes are free and open to the public, but participants are asked to register in advance by e-mailing their name and classes they’re interested in attending to