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March 29, 2007

Gardening information available at Learning Center

Whether it's a question about how to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood, drought-tolerant plants, dealing with insect pests or any other gardening question, Extension's Successful Gardener Learning Center is the place to get gardening information during the Southern Ideal Home Show April 13-15 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The Learning Center is an annual feature of the Southern Ideal Home Show and is hosted by North Carolina Cooperative Extension horticulture agents and master gardeners. Extension agents and master gardeners will be available to talk gardening throughout the show, which begins at noon, Friday, April 13, and runs through 5 p.m., Sunday, April 15.

The Learning Center will be located in Dorton Arena. Center visitors can pick up a plant list that includes more than 20 evergreen shrubs, groundcovers and perennials to consider in Carolina landscapes. Also available will be the award-winning Extension's Successful Gardener newsletter, sponsored in March and April by CORTAID. Learn how to avoid poisonous plants and pick up coupons for CORTAID, an itch-relief product. Visitors may also pick up free soil sample boxes and register in a drawing for a free, one-year subscription to the newsletter. Visitors who register for the drawing will be added to a list to receive monthly e-mail gardening tips.

A new feature in this year's Learning Center will be a Container Planting Competition on Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Register at the Learning Center 30 minutes prior to a preferred time slot for a chance to be selected to compete. All participants will receive a prize, and there will be one grand prize winner. DeWayne's Home and Garden Showplace in Selma will provide containers and plants for the competition and the prizes for participants. In addition, each participant will receive a one-year subscription to Extension’s Successful Gardener newsletter. Completed containers will be donated to the Durham Rescue Mission.

The Learning Center will feature the stonework of Brazeal Stone of Raleigh, a Successful Gardener sponsor. Another sponsor is the N.C. Green Industry Council, which will provide the plants featured in the Discovery Garden at the Learning Center. Other sponsors are Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and SuperSod.

Southern Ideal Home Show tickets are $8. For details, call 1-800-849-0248 or visit www.southernshow.com, where you'll also find a $1 off coupon.

Extension's Successful Gardener is a nationally recognized educational program that features an award-winning newsletter, gardening seminars and Learning Centers. Learn more at www.successfulgardener.org. This program is one of many offered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, an educational partnership of North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, county governments and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cooperative Extension's mission is to help people put research-based knowledge to work for economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and an improved quality of life. Learn more at www.ces.ncsu.edu.

Posted by Dave at March 29, 2007 11:45 AM