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February 14, 2007

Extension's Successful Gardener Learning Center Provides Gardening Answers

Whether it's a question about how to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood, drought-tolerant plants or how to deal with insect pests, North Carolina Cooperative Extension experts will have the answers during the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart Feb. 28 – March 4.

Whether it's a question about how to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood, drought-tolerant plants or how to deal with insect pests, North Carolina Cooperative Extension experts will have the answers during the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart Feb. 28 – March 4.

Extension horticulture experts will be available throughout the show at Extension's Successful Gardener Learning Center. The Learning Center, which is hosted by extension horticulture agents and master gardeners, is an annual feature of the home and garden show.

Soil sample boxes and the March issue of the award-winning Extension's Successful Gardener newsletter will also be available, and Learning Center visitors can register for a drawing for a free, one-year subscription to the newsletter. Visitors may also add their names to a list to receive monthly e-mail gardening tips from North Carolina Cooperative Extension. And information on poisonous plants will be available along with free samples of Cortaid Poison Ivy Care Toxin Removal Cloths. Cortaid is the sponsor of the March Extension’s Successful Gardener newsletter.

On Friday, March 2, Extension's Successful Gardener team will present seminars on the Great Garden Stage. March 2 has been designated Extension's Successful Gardener and Master Gardener Day and will be filled with informative presentations. Anyone interested in proven gardening techniques based on university research will want to attend these workshops. The day will kick off with presentations, followed by a container gardening contest for extension master gardeners and a search for excellence awards program showcasing outstanding master gardener projects.

Following is the schedule for Extension's Successful Gardener and Master Gardener Day.

10:45 a.m. Creative Container Gardening seminar – Bryce Lane, host of "In the Garden with Bryce Lane," which airs on UNC-TV, will share tips and ideas for container gardening, one of the most popular American garden trends. Container gardening is both an art and science, and Lane will focus on the principles involved in selecting, placing and growing all kinds of plants in containers. Lane is one of North Carolina State University's most popular teachers.

11:30 a.m. – Extension Master Gardener Container Planting Competition – Ten master gardeners will put their knowledge and creativity to work in an action-packed contest. Judges from Cooperative Extension and Fine Gardening magazine will select the winner, and Todd Meier, Fine Gardening magazine publisher, will provide helpful insight on the features of the winning container.

1:30 p.m. – Extension Master Gardener Search for Excellence Awards – Mike Gray, long-time host of Almanac Gardener, which also airs on UNC-TV, will serve as the emcee for this showcase of extension master gardeners and their winning volunteer efforts around the state.

2:30 p.m. – Gardening for Butterflies seminar – Linda Blue, N.C. Cooperative Extension horticulture agent in Buncombe County and one of the featured horticulturists on the Almanac Gardener TV show, will talk about the types of flowers butterflies prefer and how to plant for season-long color. Anyone who enjoys these fluttering jewels in a sea of color in your own backyard won't want to miss this session.

3:30 p.m. – Learn the Secrets to Successfully Combining Plants – Todd Meier, Fine Gardening magazine publisher, says pairing the right plants can be a challenge, even for the most experienced gardener. Meier will talk about how paying attention to a plant's color, shape and texture will make the endeavor easier. He will share a number of inspirational photos of successfully paired plants.

4:30 p.m. – The Almost Perfect Lawn seminar– Jim Monroe, Cooperative Extension agent in Mecklenburg County, will provide the information homeowners need to make their lawns the envy of the neighborhood. Monroe will share tips on planting and maintaining a Carolina lawn, providing information on fertilizers, weeds, grass seed varieties and common insects and diseases and what to do about them.

Show tickets are $7.50 in advance and $9.00 at the door. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact Southern Shows at (704) 376-6594 or 1-800-849-0248, or visit www.southernshows.com. Learn more about Extension's Successful Gardener at www.successfulgardener.org.

Posted by Dave at February 14, 2007 02:53 PM

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