The Carroll County Master Gardeners are sponsoring a spring lecture series covering a variety of gardening topics.
The series will consist of eight two-hour workshops held at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension, Smith Avenue, Westminster, except for "Garden to Hearth, 1860s Kitchen Gardening."
The lectures cost $7 per class, or $43 for the series. Those registering for all eight lectures will receive a local gardening resources, information and seed packets and will be entered in a drawing for a gift basket of gardening books worth $150 from Random House.
The Carroll County Master Gardener Association is a non-profit volunteer group whose mission is to educate residents about effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes and communities.
Brochures on the lecture series will be distributed at various sites throughout Carroll County and include a registration form.
Lectures are as follows:
"Butterfly Gardening Using Native Plants" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 16. Jim and Teresa Gallion, owners of Wildlife Gardening Adventures, will describe how to attract butterflies to a garden using plants native to the region.
"Deer Management" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 23. Jonathan Kays, natural resources regional specialist for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, will provide the latest information on managing deer in suburban areas and options for deer management.
"Stepping Stones and Troughs" from 10 a.m. to noon April 3. Master gardeners Elaine Feinberg and Cathy Santee will discuss using stepping stones and making cement troughs for garden spaces.
An additional $2 materials fee will be collected at the lecture.
"How to Grow Organic Vegetables" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 6. Master gardener Lou Boulmetis, who has 40 years of gardening experience, will share his knowledge on growing organic vegetables.
"Container Gardening and Beddings" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 15. Eric Rutledge, head groundskeeper at Watson's Garden Center in Lutherville, will present tips for successful container gardening and creating beddings as attractive landscaping.
"Creating a Personal Garden Space" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 20. Pamela White will show how to create a soothing personal space for sanctuary, meditation and serenity.
"Composting" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 27. Mary Decker will discuss what compost is, its benefits and how to make a compost pile.
"Garden to Hearth, 1860s Kitchen Gardening" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 1. Pat Brodowski, historian and educator, will give this workshop on vegetables and period recipes from the 1860s in the Reception Barn at the Carroll County Farm Museum.
Participants will sample produce, learn period hearth-cooking recipes, see slides of vegetables and gardens from the era, and tour the museum's heirloom garden.
The lecture is in conjunction with the Civil War encampment at the museum May 1 and 2. For those not signing up for all eight lectures, an additional $3 entry fee will be collected at the museum.