Agriculture Notes

Agriculture Notes

March 13, 2005

Master gardeners sponsoring series of spring lectures

The Carroll County Master Gardeners will sponsor a spring lecture series at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension on Smith Avenue in Westminster.

Lectures, which will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., are open to the public for $8 a class or $35 for the series.

Those registering for all five lectures will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket of gardening books courtesy of Random House.

The schedule:

March 30: "Water Gardening for Beginners" with Richard Koogle, director of operations at Lilypons Water Gardens.

April 7: "What You Never Knew about Your Everyday Garden Plants - Explore Classic Myths and Lore, as You Learn How to Grow More" with Lou Boulmetis.

April 12: "Gardening is for the Birds - Designing a Bird-Friendly Yard" with Bill Becraft, manager of the Audubon Society's Audrey Carroll Wildlife Sanctuary.

April 20: "Growing and Using Gourds" with Mary Lewis. A $3 materials fee will be collected.

April 27: "Practical Landscaping for Today's Homeowner" with Susan Heidebrecht, an arborist and horticulturist.

Information: 410-386-2760 or www.agnr.umd.edu/carroll.

Piney Run center to start a garden club for public

Piney Run Nature Center is starting a garden club open to the public.

The goals are to educate the public, maintain the center's flower beds, add signs to beds and hold a native plant sale.

The first meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the center, 30 Martz Road, near Eldersburg. Participants will discuss plans, schedules for maintaining gardens and a club name.

Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-795-6043.

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