The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs is sponsoring Basic Horticulture Sessions against this year. Each session costs $25 and includes lecture, lunch, snacks and a garden tour. Each session begins with registration and refreshments at 8:30 a.m., class from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch, then a tour at 1 p.m.
Registration is limited to about 35 people, and the deadline for registering is 10 days before each session. To register, contact Ginny Allen at (706) 736-6793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It kicks off Sept. 10 with J. Scott Smith and Steve Willard on Native plants. There will be a tour of Sandy Run Nature Trail at Fort Gordon.
OCT. 8: Ginny Allen on bulbs, annuals and perennials, and Karen Oliver on perennials for dry shade. Tour of the woodland garden of Karen Oliver.
JAN. 14: Cathy Black, Suzanne Thomas and Laura Sheets on trees and shrubs. Tour of Augusta State University.
FEB. 11: Jacquelyn Rees on seasonal gardening from the ground up. Tour Summerville Wellness Center with Kay Pittman speaking on vegetables and companion planting.
MARCH 10: Judy Sanderlin on indoor gardening and container gardening and Peggy Glover on bromeliads and begonias. Tour of Sanderlin Greenhouses.
MAY 12: Mary Louise Hagler on herbs. Tour of Golden Living Center Augusta greenhouse.
JUNE 9: Mike Sikes on new cultivars. Tour of the Research Center for Applied Nursery Research.
The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs is also sponsoring a Peek-A-Boo Fall Tour of Gardens on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. For tickets and more information, contact Ann Leonard at email@example.com.
Garden stops on the tour:
• A woodland garden with koi pond and designer chicken coop at Henry and Karen Oliver’s home.
• Roses galore at Paul and Charlotte Blankenship’s home.
• A plant lover’s delight at Betsy Ristroph’s home.
• An intimate garden with a serene water feature at Ken and Cindy Dendinger’s home.
• Rose Garden, community garden, walking trails and more at the Gardens of Brandon Wilde, where refreshments will be available.
• An English-style cottage garden at the Evans home of Mike and Betty Crowther.