During the cold, brisk days of winter, outside activities are usually limited to sports enthusiasts and those with a tolerance for the cold. And during those months, those with a green thumb long for the bucolic landscapes of summer, pining for warmer weather conducive to gardening. But believe it or not, whether you have plans to start a new garden or add to an existing one, now is the time to start planning your pruning, said Bartow County Master Gardener Kate Posey. The Northwest Georgia Home and Garden Show comes to the Clarence Brown Conference Center Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 and the Bartow Master Gardener Association will host a series of clinics for those interested in gardening.
“February is a great time to start planning what you’re going to plant in the spring,” Posey said.
The eight concurrent clinics will be held Feb 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topics include soil fertility, trees and shrubs, pruning, dahlias, daylilies, gardening for pollinators and basic beekeeping. Pre-registration is not required.
The group also will host Jim Gibbs, well-known master gardener and owner of Gibbs Gardens as keynote speaker at the home and garden show the same day at 10:15 a.m.
The group, which has been in Bartow County for about 20 years, is affiliated with the Bartow County Cooperative Extension office and county agent Paul Pugliese and throughout the year volunteers in the community and offers seminars and workshops for gardening enthusiasts. The group meets every first Tuesday at 7 p.m. and the meetings are open to the public. Master Gardener Dian Green said since she got involved with the group, she has not only learned useful expert information, she also has seen the impact it has on the community. The group has waiting lists for classes and often is filled to capacity for most of its events.
“The community is hungry for knowledge,” Green said.
Getting involved with the group indeed helps improve both the knowledge and the application of gardening, from planting vegetables to beekeeping said Karen Capito.
“There is a science and art to gardening and you have to get the education before you get started,” Capito said.
Information: (770) 387-5142