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Garden Gnome: Mark your calendars - it's a busy spring

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One weekend you’re working in shorts in the flower beds and the next weekend you’re covering treasured, tender perennials with a blanket. February is one cruel month.

The annual Sacred Heart Garden Festival will be held April 27 through 29 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.   FILE
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The annual Sacred Heart Garden Festival will be held April 27 through 29 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

But spring is coming, and there are scads of gardening events coming up. Mark your calendars, if you weren’t like one disorganized gnome who lost her garden calendar while painting and reorganizing the home office.

FEB. 24-26 is the seventh Annual Augusta Home and Garden Show at James Brown Arena. The Richmond County Extension office and the Master Gardeners will have a booth, and the speakers series features gardening celebrity experts:

Friday:

3 p.m. Wicked Plants by Suzanne Holmes, Horticulture PA

3:45 p.m. Steps to a Beautiful Lawn by Sid Mullis, County Extension coordinator

4:45 p.m. Introduction to Beekeeping by Deborah Sasser, Sasserfrass Hill Bee Farm

Saturday

11 a.m. Exciting New Plants for Deep South Gardens by Ted Stephens, Nurseries Caroliniana

MARCH 2-3 is the third course in the Landscape Design School sponsored by the National Garden Clubs Inc. and the Garden Club of Georgia Inc. There is a $70 fee for the four courses. The March class will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road. For more information and to register, contact Virginia Allen, (706) 736-6793 and vallenotr@aol.com.

THE NEXT MEETING of the area’s Master Gardeners is noon March 5 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. It’s the annual covered dish luncheon. In 2011 Master Gardeners contributed almost 7,500 volunteer hours in the community. The next Master Gardening course is in 2013 in Richmond County. Contact the Extension Officer to apply, (706) 821-2350.

THE RICHMOND and Columbia County 4-H Clubs are conducting the annual Vidalia onion fund raiser now through April. The onions come in 10-, 25- and 50-pound bags and should be ready for pickup in early May. Contact a 4-H member or the Extension Service offices to place an order.

FROM 8 A.M. to about 4 p.m. March 10 is the next Basic Horticulture class sponsored by the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs. The course is at Aldersgate United Methodist Church and costs $25. It includes speakers Judy Sanderlin, the owner of Sanderlin Greenhouses in Appling, on indoor and container gardening; Peggy Glover on bromeliads and begonias; and Jacquelyn Rees, on indoor and jewel box gardening. For more information, contact Judy Kirkland, (706) 556-3417 and jukirkland@cobridge.tv.

BEGINNING AT 9:30 a.m. March 22 is the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs’ 21st Annual Spring Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. It is open to the public and features guest speaker Pat Lanza, the author of Lasagna Gardening and My Life – In and Out of the Garden. Tickets are $25 ($30 after March 16). Registration forms are available from vallenotr@aol.com.

ON MARCH 24, from 8 a.m. to noon, is the first Columbia County Spring Plant Swap and Sale at Evans Towne Center Park. Gardeners and business vendors will be on site. For a vendor application, contact Keela Colombraro at kcolombraro@columbiacountyga.gov.

APRIL 27-29 is the Sacred Heart Garden Festival featuring home and garden exhibits and vendors and a tour of several spectacular local home gardens.

MAY 5 is the 2012 Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale. As a regular at the event, trust me you will find new must-have plants while supporting the park. This year I promise to bring the Ajuga.


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