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Master Gardeners Offer Spring Gardening 101 Series

Master Gardeners Offer Spring Gardening 101 Series

The Franklin County Master Gardeners will offer "Spring Gardening 101" classes on Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:30am, January 6, February 3, March 10, April 17, May 5 and June 2 at the Cooperative Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. "Gardening 101" workshops are designed to provide basic hands-on gardening information and hands-on experiences for new gardeners or a refresher course for seasoned gardeners. For more information, call 717-263-9226.
The Saturday January 6 (snow date Jan.13) workshop is entitled "Bird Feeding". Methods, advantages and disadvantages for this popular wildlife hobby will be offered by a representative from King's Gap Environmental Center. Cost: $5.
The February 3 (snow date Feb. 10) class, "Starting Seeds", will teach the benefits and basics of starting your own seeds at home. Participants will sow a variety of annuals and vegetables for use in their home gardens; seeds and materials will be provided. Cost $10.
On March 10 (snow date March 17), Master Gardener Elmer Greey will demonstrate "Hands-On Pruning" at his Shippensburg home. Participants should dress for the weather, and bring pruning shears, to learn about equipment and techniques. Cost $10.
April 17's "Native Plant Class and Sale" explains how using native plants encourages birds and butterflies to your garden, and decreases the need for watering, pesticide and herbicide use. Teacher Linda Secrist will share her list of favorite native plants, and following the class, will host a sale of premium native perennials and groundcover plants. This class is free of charge!
"Container Gardening" is featured May 5, with Master Gardener Donna Berard explaining considerations such as container selection, placement, soils, plant combinations, fertilizers, and pests and diseases. Participants will take home a small container garden. Cost $20.
"Your Landscape...From Dream to Reality" will be held on June 2 at the Garden in the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and help participants assess their needs, find the right plants, and address maintenance and problems in their home landscape. Cost $10.
Pre-registration is required for "Spring Gardening 101". Call 717-263-9226 for more information.

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