2019 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 31.
HAND TOOL CLEANING AND SHARPENING
When is the best time to prune? When your tools are clean and sharp! Join us for a hands-on workshop on cleaning and sharpening garden tools. We invest time and money on garden tools and at the most, we may get mud off them at the end of the season. Come and learn how to properly maintain and clean your hand tools. Bring two hand tools and your sharpening implements (if you have them) to class to get hands-on experience with a coach in cleaning and sharpening. We’ll also have supplies on hand if you don’t. If you’re in the market to buy tools, this is a good chance to hear our experience and that of your classmates. Oh, leave the chain saw at home. That’s for the advanced class! Speaker is Chet Wasik and Associates, Extension Master gardener (SM) Volunteers. In case of inclement weather the backup date is Thursday February 28.
OUTDOOR SAFETY
This is an entertaining and informative program rich with illustrations of plants and animals. From contact poisons, ticks and tick-bone diseases, to spiders, insects and reptiles, this program features organisms to be aware of as you enjoy the outdoors. How to prevent unpleasant contact with armed and potentially dangerous plants and animals, and what to do if you have come in contact with them, will increase your awareness of the out-of-doors. Speaker is Dick Thomas, City of High Point Parks Supervisor, Piedmont Environmental Center.
TOUR OF GATEWAY GARDENS *** We will meet at 2800 East Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27401 ***
Gateway Gardens provides a stunning entry into the City of Greensboro and is a horticultural oasis integrating elements of history, movement, discovery and community. Formally opened to the public in 2011, it is a playful interactive garden eventually spanning 11 acres. Gateway Gardens represents the biggest project by Greensboro Beautiful so far, and is a certified LEED Silver project by the U.S. Green Building Council since 2014. There is a visitor’s center with restroom facilities and the garden is handicap accessible. Wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Rain or shine. Tour will be led by Derek Harmon, Gateway Gardens Landscape Supervisor, City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department.
SIMPLIFIED HOME IRRIGATION SET-UP
Design and install your own home mist and/or drip irrigation in as little as an hour. Christina will demonstrate a kit and available add-ons to irrigate your garden for under $100. Step away from the hose for good! Speaker is Christina Larson, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and owner of Guilford Garden Center. There is a $10 fee and please make checks payable to EMGVA and mail to EMGVA Treasurer 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro, NC 27405
TOUR OF WHITE STREET LANDFILL AND COMPOST FACILITY *** We will meet at 2503 White Street, Greensboro, NC 27405 ***
The White Street Landfill and Compost Facility is one of the waste management facilities operated by the City of Greensboro. It will be informative to learn how municipal compost facilities operate. We will meet at the second building on the left in the parking lot at the White Street facility at 2503 White Street, Greensboro, NC 27405. All participants are required to wear long pants (that cover your ankles) and closed toed/heeled athletic style shoes (that cover the top of your foot). You must be able to ambulate uneven surfaces and stairs. The tour will begin promptly at 10 AM, and will be led by Laine Roberts or staff, City of Greensboro Waste Management Facilities.
FOODSCAPE REVOLUTION (Emphasis on Teaching the Next Gen)
Brie has fined tuned her signature design technique of Foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and bounty. Aiming to change the way landscapes are designed and managed, Brie encourages everyone to “think outside the box.” Learn how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases bio-diversity and adds purpose to everyday spaces. The best edible and ornamental plant combinations are featured, including how to plant a bed edge to deter moles and voles. This is a fast paced, informative presentation that leaves attendees inspired and ready to foodscape! Speaker is Brie Arthur, Author, Horticulturalist, and Foodscape consultant.
Interested in More Gardening Programs?
Visit Extension's website (www.guilfordextension.com) for the schedules of our gardening programs and public events around Guilford County.

You can register for additional classes at the following websites:
http://go.ncsu.edu/gcces_lunch_and_learn
http://go.ncsu.edu/growing_green_way

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