Online – Fall Lawn Care in Atlanta

Please register in advance at http://bit.ly/Fall2021NFMG-GardeningLectureSeries to assure your place.

To have a beautiful lawn next year, you need to start now. Depending on your grass type, there are certain things you need to do and others you should not do. Early fall is the only effective time to reseed or plant cool-season grasses (fescue). If you have a warm-season grass (Bermuda, Zoysia), you need to prevent winter weeds from taking over. North Fulton Master Gardener John Kligora will teach this class, which will cover warm vs cool-season grasses; soil testing; fertilizing, watering and weed prevention.

The class will also be available for later viewing at www.youtube.com/NorthFultonMasterGardeners.

Webinar: Native Plants for Bird Friendly Communities

A Wednesday Walk in the Garden

As we think ahead to spring and summer gardens, we anticipate the sights, scents, and sounds. One way to enhance the garden experience is to invite fascinating wildlife to live in and around the yard.

This presentation features the beautiful songbirds that flit through gardens including wrens, cardinals, finches, nuthatches, and more.

Add beauty to your outdoor spaces, while helping birds and wildlife too! Bird-friendly gardens are a treat to anyone who appreciates gardening, wildlife, and the motion and song of birds.

Photo courtesy Will-Stuart

Join Audubon CT-NY’s Jillian Bell for a presentation focused on bird-friendly plants for your home landscape. With the right plants, any space—from a small container on your patio to an acre of your backyard—can become more bird-friendly.

Whether you have years of experience with bird-friendly gardens or want to start your first one, you will find information and inspiration in this presentation.

All successful bird gardens are comprised of three very important elements: covernesting, and nourishment (food and water). In this presentation, Jillian will provide an in-depth look at the things you can do to make your outdoor spaces more bird-friendly for our year-round avian residents as well as feathered friends who stopover during their migration journeys.

A Guide to Growing Tomatoes in the Southeast

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Brie Arthur, Author, Horticulturist, and Lifelong Home Gardener
Saturday, April 24, 2021 – 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Tomatoes are the ultimate taste of summer, but they can be a challenge to cultivate in the southeastern climate. Join tomato enthusiast Brie Arthur for an informative discussion all about tomatoes! Variety selection and cultural information are shared in depth including how to deal with soil borne diseases and root knot nematodes. Best growing methods, fertilizers, watering, and staking strategies are discussed in addition to creative ways to maximize your harvest by growing in containers and grow bags. Learn from all of Brie’s experiences (AKA mistakes!) in this lively program and get inspired to grow more tomatoes successfully than ever before.

The Well Gardened Mind – Author talk

Dorset Gardens Trust in association with TGT present The Gardening Mind on Friday 23rd April @ 6.30 pm online via zoom.
Note: This time is in England, confirm your local time.

In this talk, Sue Stuart-Smith, a distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener offers an inspiring and consoling work about the healing effects of gardening and its ability to decrease stress and foster mental well-being in our everyday lives.

The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the “real” life that lies outside. But when we get our hands in the earth we connect with the cycle of life in nature through which destruction and decay are followed by regrowth and renewal. Drawing on her grandfather’s return from World War I, Sigmund Freud’s obsession with flowers and interviews with people from gardening projects in prisons, hospitals and in the community. Sue will look at how gardening can answer to deep existential needs and discuss findings from recent research showing that connecting to nature alleviates symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.

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Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of The Well Gardened Mind, a Sun-day Times Bestseller. She studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge before qualifying as a doctor and working in the National Health Service for many years, becoming the lead clinician for psychotherapy in Hertfordshire. She currently teaches at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London and is a consultant at DocHealth, a not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for doctors. She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the celebrated garden designer, and, over thirty years together, they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire. Her book, The Well Gardened Mind, analyses the relationship between gardening and mental health.

Attendees will be sent a Zoom link 2 days prior to the start of the talk, and a link to the recorded session, available for one week, will be sent shortly afterwards.

2021 Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium – Virtual

 I have a few things already on my calendar for this weekend, but this symposium has a flexible structure, releasing new talks each day to watch on your schedule. 
From the website:
In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, we invite you to join us from your home or garden, as we examine garden designs, gardening practices, and plant choices that embrace nature yet beautify the landscape. Guest speakers and Colonial Williamsburg horticultural staff will share some of their best practices for creating gardens that are sustainable and earth-friendly. While we may not be able to gather in a large group to enjoy this conference together, each conference registrant will receive a multi-day ticket voucher to redeem for a future visit to enjoy our historic and iconic gardens at a time most convenient to you!

After a year where many dove headlong into the art of gardening—many perhaps for the first time—now seems perfect to address the relationship between gardeners and the environments in which they practice their skills. Keynote Speaker, national gardening television host, Joe Lamp’l, will provide practical information to help us all become better, smarter gardeners. Professor and researcher, Doug Tallamy, will share how we are nature’s best hope for biodiversity, and David Mizejewski, spokesperson for the National Wildlife Federation, will share a whole new perspective on gardening.

 Award winning authors Anne Spafford and Nancy Lawson will discuss creating successful gardens for pollinators and other wildlife.  Our esteemed roster of speakers is rounded out by local garden experts and talented members of Colonial Williamsburg’s landscape and foodways staff, eager to share their horticultural knowledge and skills with you in presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions. We hope you will join us virtually for the 74th Annual Garden Symposium, April 22-25, 2021 as we Celebrate Planet Earth by Giving Back with Our Gardens.

Register by April 1, 2021

Close Encounters with Nature: Native Design in the Residential Landscape

Few home landscapes can provide the stunning vistas of a Yosemite National Park, a vast midwestern prairie, or an ancient Appalachian mountain range. They can however, provide a far more intimate and interactive natural experience than visits to those landscapes ever could. In this session Larry will interweave a series of practical, ecologically-interactive landscape techniques, with the rich experiential rewards that applying those techniques can engender.

Local Flowers/Intro to Botanical Illustration

Hear an educational talk about early Spring flowers soon to bloom in Bushwick Inlet Park followed by botanical illustration instruction.
About this Event
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park volunteers have planted several garden beds and continue to expand the beds to include more of the park. Crocuses were added last year as part of the city’s plant it purple initiative. Join us on Zoom to see and discuss some of the flowering plants soon to be seen in the gardens while demonstrating the basics of Botanical Illustration.

Monica Schroeder, a professional scientific Illustrator, will lead us through plant anatomy and warm up drawing exercises and then dive into a simple botanical illustration. (A Crocus Template will be provided for those who wish to trace.)

The class will switch between slides and live instruction using pencils and watercolor.

Use any medium you prefer that allows for detailed work – even just a plain pencil and copy paper. (Most drug stores sell colored pencils and watercolor kits for less then $10, a great way to get started!)

The demo will be done using drawing pencils, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, gouache, and watercolor.

All skill levels welcome.

SUGGESTED ART SUPPLIES:

2H and a 2B pencil (any hard or soft pencils)
White eraser & a kneaded eraser
Sketch pad or paper
Scrap paper
Paper for your chosen medium such as watercolor paper or colored pencil paper
Watercolors** colored pencils, or gouache
Watercolor round brushes: size 3/0, size 1 & size 4

Gardening Symposium

Loudoun County, Virginia, Master Gardeners Association

Garden Symposium Schedule

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Announcements
9:15 – 10:30 Ginger Woolridge
Woody Natives: Making Quick and Confident Choices
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 William Cullina
Sugar, Sex, and Poisons: Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:45 Ira Wallace
Grow Great Vegetables in Virginia
1:45 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 3:15 Sam Droege
Introduction to the Native Bees of the Mid Atlantic

The Great Grow Along – 40+ hours of sessions

The Great Grow Along is a 3-day online learning experience. Access 40+ hours of dynamic sessions led by top influencers and plant pros, and connect LIVE with other plant parents, urban homesteaders, DIY landscapers, pollinator protectors… no matter what your garden goals are, there’s something for you.
Easy to Participate
Learning tracks are set up for what interests you… but you can enjoy it all virtually. During the event and for six months afterwards whenever you like.
Exciting Q&A with session experts, live interviews with trend setters and organizations making a difference, networking with other new (and experienced) gardeners… a weekend you won’t want to miss.
40+ workshops on a variety of topics in the following tracks:
– Edible Gardens : Wise choices for new gardeners, seed starting, planning, harvesting and beyond…
– Pollinators & Plants : Understanding natives, bees, butterflies, birds, plant selection, etc.
– Urban Gardening : Creative solutions for successful gardening in smaller spaces, raised beds, containers, etc.
– DIY Landscaping : Think like a landscape designer, container design, plant selection, etc.
-. Houseplants : Care fundamentals, light, propagation, pet-safe plants, trends, etc.
– Dig Deeper : Organic gardening, soil,, compost, water-wise gardening, chicken keeping, honey bees, medicinal plants, and more.
To access the event, please visit https://www.greatgrowalong.com

Online Renewal Pruning Class and Demonstration

Want to maximize the production of flowers and fruits from your shrubs? Renewal pruning is the way to do it. This simple technique works with the natural cycle of replacing old stems with new. This class will start with classroom explanations of the nature of shrubs, the reason for and the techniques of renewal pruning, the tools of the trade as well as demonstrations of this technique. This will be followed by actual demonstration of the technique on shrubs in the Arboretum with some hands-on experience for class participants.

Renewal Pruning: A Definition
Renewal pruning is a method of pruning that works with the natural life cycle of certain shrubs. It is an essential skill for gardeners growing many common shrubs. It is an easily understood and mastered process once learned. And might even end up being one of your favorite garden tasks as you work to maximize the productivity and beauty of the shrubs under your care.

Renewal pruning is appropriate to the vast majority of deciduous flowering shrubs, as well as blackberries, raspberries, and other brambles as well as blueberries. A few ornamental shrubs for which this pruning is appropriate include Abelia, Buddleia (butterfly bush), Callicarpa (beautyberry), Forsythia, Hydrangea, and many others, including some woody vines.

The class includes instruction on the underlying principles and actual demonstrations. Participants will have a chance to prune some shrubs in the Arboretum. Bring your questions (and your pruners).

About This Class
Most of this class will be offered live and online, however, a portion of this program will use videos that were recorded specifically for this class. After the classroom instruction, we usually head out into the Arboretum’s collections for live demonstrations. It’s these discussions that will be presented as videos. These will be presented individually and will include time for a live discussion and questions.