2020 Demonstration Garden Educational Programs
Seminars are Free
Pre-Registration is Requested
Seminars will be held at the Guilford County Cooperative Extension Office unless noted otherwise:
3309 Burlington Road Greensboro, NC 27405
Programs are designed to be approximately two hours long but may run slightly over depending on questions and discussion—which are highly encouraged.
In the event of inclement weather, we follow Guilford County schools. If schools are closed, we do not have class.
In order to get an accurate count of participants, please limit one person per form. You may register multiple people, however, please register them one at a time.
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PLANNING THE 3-SEASON VEGETABLE GARDEN
Vegetable gardening is especially productive in the Piedmont because we can grow food at least 10 months of the year! The key is good planning and succession planting, and January is the perfect time to start getting ready. One of the least expensive but most important tools for success in your vegetable garden is a good plan – as a part of this workshop, each participant will have the time and the tools to work through developing ideas and plans for their own 3-season garden on paper. Bring a pencil with an eraser! Seminar speaker is Jeanne Aller, Extension Master Gardener(SM) Volunteer. In case of inclement weather, the backup date is Thursday January 30.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 10:00 AM
CLIMATE CHANGE FOR GARDENERS – ARE YOU COPING? OR HOPING?
Join us for a compelling talk on the cause and effect of climate change – what can we as home gardeners do to mitigate the effects of rising temperatures and the resulting increasingly severe weather events? Are American lawns sustainable? Irrigation strategies, soil-building, calculating your carbon footprint and mitigation strategies will be discussed. The speaker is Christina Larson, Extension Master Gardener (sm) Volunteer, past President of the Guilford Horticultural Society, and owner of Guilford Garden Center. She is passionate about increasing biodiversity and the ecosystem around us through the cultivation of native plants in the landscape. In case of inclement weather, the backup date is Tuesday, February 25.
Thursday, February 20, 2020 10:00 AM
GARDENS UNDER GLASS FEATURING SUCCULENTS
Jill Hollingsworth, Extension Master Gardener (sm) Volunteer, will be giving a workshop on gardens under glass with emphasis on using succulents. Jill will walk you through the steps as you build your own terrarium. The workshop will include all the materials you need including a glass container. The only thing you need to bring are some thin garden gloves. She will also discuss the ongoing care of your garden under glass. *****There is a fee of $30 (please send check or money order made payable to GCEMGVA at GCEMGVA, 3309 Burlington Road GSO, NC 27405). The workshop is limited to 30 people so sign up early.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 10:00 AM
TOUR OF HEARTICAL PRODUCE FARMACY FARM *** We will meet at 1300 Pershing Street, High Point, NC ***
The name says everything! This is a tour of an urban farm made with heart and love of the community of High Point where they grow rich organic food to feed the soul and belly. The idea is to combat urban food insecurities and educate the community, especially the young, about how to grow good food locally and reconnect with the land (soil). This garden is part of a growing network of gardens in the Growing High Point urban farm project. The tour will begin promptly at 10:00 am and we will meet at the gate at 1300 Pershing Street, High Point NC. Parking is on the street so carpooling is recommended. Please keep in mind this is a working farm so wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable footwear since you may need to ambulate uneven surfaces, narrow spaces and possibly steps. The tour is lead by Iya (Rory) Chavis, Extension Master Gardener (sm) Volunteer, and manager of the Heartical Produce Farmacy.
Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:00 am
TOUR OF GREENSBORO SCIENCE CENTER WITH EMPHASIS ON HABITATS ***We will meet at 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC***
The Greensboro Science Center is an aquarium, science museum and zoo dedicated to a conservation mission to preserve species and habitats through on-site programs, community awareness, field studies, and fundraising for local and global conservation efforts.Learn what is involved in zoological horticulture – from habitat development and browse plants to exhibit-side hardy tropical edible gardens designed to have their own natural benefits. We will discuss topics related to toxicology, animal-plant interactions, and touch on unique innovative spaces by working with natural systems and resources for ease of maintenance, conservation, and self-sustaining functional plant communities. The goal is to inspire visitors to feel they are interconnected to these systems that nurture our planet and make a difference.The tour is at the Greensboro Science Center, 4301 Lawndale Avenue starting promptly at 10:00 am. The admission fee is $14.50 ($13.50 age 65+) paid at the main entrance to the Science Center. We will gather for a short presentation followed by the tour. The tour is rain or shine so please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear. The facility is ADA accessible. The event is organized by Chandra Metheny, Horticulture and Grounds Department.
Thursday, April 30, 2020 10:00 AM
SPRINGTIME TOUR OF GREEN HILL CEMETERY *** We will meet at the southern gate to Green Hill Cemetery, Wharton Street near Fisher Avenue ***
Tour Green Hill Cemetery where participants enjoy historical and horticultural information about Greensboro’s oldest active public cemetery adjacent to downtown Greensboro. We’ll be introduced to interesting and unexpected plants found in the cemetery, and along the way hear about locally influential persons buried here. The tour begins promptly at 10:00 am and we will meet at the southern gate of the cemetery on Wharton Street near Fisher Avenue. The tour is “weather permitting”, but please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable footwear since we will be ambulating uneven surfaces. There is a fee of $5 per person (cash) paid at the cemetery at the time of the tour. All funds benefit Friends of Green Hill Cemetery.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:00 AM
ROLE OF THE GUT MICROBIOME IN HONEY BEE HEALTH, FOLLOWED BY TOUR OF THE NEW UNCG PLANT AND POLLINATOR CENTER (PPC) ***We will meet at PPC, 5900 Summit Avenue, Browns Summit, NC***
Kasie Raymann, Ph.D., Co-Director of the PCC, will be sharing her research on the impact of the gut microbiome (bacteria that live in the gut) on honey bee health. The gut microbiome of honey bees has been shown to be very important for bee metabolism, nutrition, behavior and development, immunity, and protection against pathogens. However, many environmental factors can alter the honey bee gut microbiome (e.g. pesticides and antibiotics). This presentation will focus on how disruptions of the gut microbiome can be detrimental to bee health and survival. Following the presentation, participants will be given a full tour of the new UNCG Plant and Pollinator Center. The facility is ADA accessible and there is plenty of parking (ADA parking is behind the building).
Thursday, June 4, 2020 10:00 AM
MR. MAPLE PRESENTS HEAT TOLERANT MAPLES FOR THE SOUTH
Matthew and Tim Nichols are the co-owners and operators of MrMaple.com and MrGinko.com. They are passionate about their love for maples and they enjoy helping people learn about Japanese maples. This program focuses on ornamental maples that perform well in the southern United States. MrMaple.com has been featured in several magazine articles and television programs, and Matthew and Tim have been recognized nationally for their knowledge of Japanese maples.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:00 AM
ART IN THE GARDEN: A CELEBRATION OF FALL
Saturday October 10, 2020 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Art in the garden is a biennial festival featuring artists that have an interest in anything to do with gardening ranging from yard art to paintings to textiles to jewelry to quirky items and many more. There will be many items for sale so it is a great time to get some shopping done before the Holidays. The event will be held in the beautiful Karen C. Neill Demonstration Garden at the Guilford County Cooperative Extension Campus, 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro, NC 27405. The event is hosted by the Extension Master Gardener (sm) Volunteers. In the event of inclement weather (rain or storms), the event is cancelled.
THE BIRDS OF GUILFORD COUNTY: GAINS, LOSSES, AND FUTURE TRENDS
This program will address the health of bird populations in North Carolina, especially Guilford County, and what environmental factors can disrupt the health, migration, populations, and survival of birds. The speaker is Lynn Moseley, Ph.D., retired professor in Zoology at Guilford College, T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society member, and MASTER GARDENER volunteer in Alamance County.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:00 AM
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