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In the garden

Become a Master Gardener

Applications are being accepted for the 2021 Macon County Master Gardener Volunteer Program, a 10-week course meeting 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays starting May 5 at the Environmental Resource Center in Franklin. 

Participants will receive 35 hours of training in a variety of subjects ranging from bulbs to berries to organic gardening. Master Gardener certifications are bestowed after completing training, passing a take-home exam and returning a like number of hours in volunteer service. 

Applications are due Wednesday, April 28. Course fee of $100 includes book and weekly handouts. Classes will be held indoors with social distancing and masks required. Request an application from Christy Bredenkamp, 828.349.2049 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Tour Montford gardens

For the first time in almost 20 years, the Montford Neighborhood Association in Asheville will host a public garden tour to raise funds for community initiatives. 

Tickets are now on sale for the event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5. 

The 2021 garden tour will feature live musicians in many of the garden settings, and the individual gardens will represent the immense variety of landscape styles in the Montford Historic District, where many homes date back to the late 1800s and others are more recent builds. Some of the gardens emphasize today’s interest in pollinator health with a rainbow of brilliant blooms, and others concentrate on evergreens or hardscape additions like fountains and fishponds and fire pits. Docents will be on hand at every garden to answer questions about the plants and the unique characteristics on display.

Tickets are available online at www.montford.org/garden-tour and will be on sale at the Asheville Visitor Center beginning two weeks prior to the event. 

 

Sign up for seed trays

Signups to grow seed trays in Waynesville’s Old Armory greenhouse will be available 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Monday, April 12, at the Old Armory. 

The Old Armory provides trays, dirt, water and the greenhouse, with growers supplying the seeds. The greenhouse is open anytime the center is open for growers to water and check on plants. 

$5 per tray with five-tray limit per person. 

828.456.9207 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

Get ready for spring pruning

Learn about tree and shrub pruning from an expert during a two-hour class beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, via Zoom. 

Haywood County Cooperative Extension Agricultural Agent Sam Marshall will lead the class, to cover general pruning guidelines, pruning tools, cut types, pruning methods, trees, shrubs and hydrangeas. 

Cost is $10, with signup required by April 10 at https://bit.ly/31jPYjy.

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