Growing the Green Way

Want to learn more about gardening? These free classes address a number of topics -- from growing produce to creating a more sustainable lawn. Classes are offered at four locations:

Cooperative Extension Office (NCCE), 3309 Burlington Road
Glenn McNairy Branch Library (GML), 4860 Lake Jeanette Road
Greensboro Arboretum Building (AE), 401 Ashland Drive
Edwards Family Library (KCE), 1420 Price Park Road

Pre-registration is requested. Programs are designed to be approximately one hour long but may run slightly over depending on questions and discussion - which are encouraged! For more information, contact Lauren Taubert at 336-641-2400, or lauren_taubert@bncsu.edu.

Fall 2018 Classes

Fall is for Gardening! What Should I Do Now?

Spring and summer gardens are wonderful, but fall is a special season for gardening in the Piedmont! This is the perfect time for planting, transplanting, and starting fall-flowering containers - after the long hot summer, cooler temperatures make it easier on the plants and on the gardener too. Simple seasonal chores like winterizing tools are also on the list, to help you be prepared for future gardening seasons.

Date Time Location

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Thurs., Sept. 13 6:30 pm GML
Mon., Sept. 17 6:30 pm KCE
Tues., Sept. 18 6:30 pm NCCE
Sun., Sept. 23 4:00 pm AE

 

Spring Flowering Bulbs

For fabulous flowers in spring, plan ahead and plant some bulbs after the first autumn frost. Flowering bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths, and crocus are among the earliest flowers every year - some even start to bloom as early as January! Bulbs can be planted in Fall flower beds, in lawns, under and around trees, or grown in containers. Many will come back each year, and even multiply for years of beauty with minimal care.

Date Time Location

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Thurs., Sept. 27 6:30 pm GML
Sun., Sept. 30 4:00 pm AE
Tues., Oct. 2 6:30 pm NCCE
Mon., Oct. 8 6:30 pm KCE

 

Great Plants and Great Ideas for Winter Interest

Gardens are beautiful in spring and summer, and fall’s foliage color is unsurpassed. But which plants have special characteristics and colors that add winter interest and color to your landscape? Join us to discuss choosing and growing some of the many wonderful plant options s that can make your winter garden more captivating and unique.

Date Time Location

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Thurs., Oct. 11 6:30 pm GML
Sun., Oct. 14 4:00 pm AE
Tues., Oct. 16 6:30 pm NCCE
Mon., Oct. 22 6:30 pm KCE

 

Composting and Vermicomposting

What to do with all those leaves? Let’s talk rot! Composting is a great way to recycle, and it also produces a fantastic organic amendment that improves the texture and fertility of your soil and helps everything grow better. We will discuss a few ways to start composting in your own backyard, and what should and shouldn’t be composted. We’ll also go over the easy steps for having a successful “worm bin” at home.

Date Time Location

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Thurs., Oct. 25 6:30 pm GML
Sun., Oct. 28 4:00 pm AE
Tues., Oct. 30 6:30 pm NCCE
Mon., Nov. 5 6:30 pm KCE

 

This class series is coordinated by the NC Cooperative Extension Service in Guilford County and Guilford County Master Gardeners, with assistance from the City of Greensboro and Greensboro Beautiful.