Lunch and Learn 2014
by SherryBlanton
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Beyond My Backyard
Lunch and Learn, April 23: Rene Morrison, JSU Field School,
A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.

Propagating Hydrangeas
Lunch and Learn, May: 28: David Doggett, Jefferson County Master Gardener
A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.


June 25: Hayes Jackson, ACES, “Sensational Salvias”
A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.


July 23: Dani Carroll, ACES, “Creating a Bee Friendly Garden”
A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.


August 27: Jason Powell, Petals from the Past, “ Tough Plants for Southern Gardens
A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621. 

 

September 24: Hayes Jackson, ACES, “Easy Plants for Difficult Places”
A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.

 

 

 

 

Tree Amigos Master Gardener Plant Sale
by SherryBlanton
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Join the Calhoun County Tree Amigos Master Gardeners for their plant sale. Unusual perennials, trees, and shrubs will be featured at the sale, Saturday, April 12, 8am - 11am, Cane Creek Community Gardens at McClellan. We have two different ornamental quince with huge intensely colored flowers (one is bright red and the other is magnificent pink and no thorns)
Sale proceeds benefit the Tree Amigos program. For information please call 256-237-1621.

Camellias
by SherryBlanton
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Dec 12, 2013 | 7703 views |  0 comments | 466 466 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

If you don’t have a camellia in your garden, or you have several, now is the perfect time to add at least one more. Many are in bloom this time of the year and lots more will be coming into bloom over the next several months. A walk though the garden yesterday showed at least a dozen with big fat bud or in flower. Camellias are not picky. As the State Flower of Alabama they are a natural for our gardens. Camellias prefer acid soil, like azaleas, and gardenias. If you do not know your soil pH, that is, whether you have acid or alkaline soil, now is the perfect time to perform a soil test with a kit from the Calhoun County Extension Office. Soil tests are inexpensive and can save you lots of money in incorrect or unnecessary fertilizer and sickly plants. Camellias need well drained soil, too. They prefer dappled sun light; shade through pine trees is great. Although there are a few who can take full sun, but the hot afternoon sun is never good for them. The early morning sun can often burn the blossoms and full shade may hamper their blooming. Camellias must be watered until they are acclimated to their new home but once they are content, they can be quite drought tolerant. The biggest no- no when it comes to planting is planting it too deep. Camellias should be planted high, that is with the top of the soil line in the pot about an inch over the ground level. If the gardener continues to pile lots of mulch around the trunk, the plant to be will be too deep. Mulch up around the trunk is never a good thing as this habit encourages disease and insects. However, a nice layer of mulch around the roots keeps the soil cool in summer and warmer in winter, keeps down weeds, and protects a plant from encroaching weed eaters.

There is a huge choice of camellias on the market. First of all, there are camellia sasanquas which bloom from early fall to December; then there are the camellia japonicas which bloom from December to spring. Sasanquas typically have more but smaller flowers. Japonicas are noted for their magnificent large blooms. I have seen camellias with white, yellow, red, pink, and variegated flowers. There are camellias that grow in an upright form; others that grow in a spreading form. I have seen them more than 12 feet high also. There are lower growing ones like ‘Shishi-Gahsira’. It is important to know the mature size of your plant so that you give it the room it needs to be happy. The only pruning a camellia should ever need might be to prune off the tall sprouts it sometimes grows.

Take a trip to the nursery and look at the camellias. You will come home with more than one. Guaranteed!

2014 Master Gardener Class
by SherryBlanton
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Dec 12, 2013 | 894 views |  0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
If you have been thinking about taking the Master Gardener Training Class, tomorrow is the very last day to register. The cost is $125 and the class lasts from January to April and meets every Wednesday from 9 until 3. We have a great time; we learn so much from talented educators and make good friends in the bargain. The MG program has been a life changing experience for so many in our association. To register, stop by the Calhoun County Extension Office in the Administration Building on Noble Street by close of business tomorrow.  Please join us; I can promise you it is the best time and money you can spend.  
Fall Fest
by SherryBlanton
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Oct 17, 2013 | 4495 views |  0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Fall Fest Flower Show
Fall Fest Flower Show
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Lots of family friendly fun!  Kids activities including a hayride and moonbounce!  Live music, and contests galore - canning, quilting, arts & crafts & a flower contest/show. For contest information and rules, call 256 237 1621.

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