The North Fulton Master Gardeners and the UGA Cooperative Extension in Fulton County are conducting a series of free classes for homeowners on selected weekday evenings. Each class emphasizes practical activities, at the time of year that is best suited for that activity, so you can enjoy your property with reasonable effort and cost. Classes are offered from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in Roswell, Alpharetta and Sandy Springs at the following locations:
- Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA
- Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Rd, Sandy Springs, GA
- Alpharetta: Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Rd, Alpharetta, GA
- Alpharetta: City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Multi-purpose room, Alpharetta, GA
- Sandy Springs: https://www.friendsoflostcorner.org/master-gardener-classes
- Alpharetta: Pre-register for these free classes on Eventbrite or call (678) 297-6200. For more information about this event, please contact Terry Porter at (678) 297-6213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Roswell: You can register online at roswellgov.com/register (you must create an account to register online) or stop by the Bill Johnson Activity Building. When registering online, search for Activity 52020. If you have questions, call (770) 817-6670 or email email@example.com.
Lawn Care for Spring and Summer
- Sandy Springs: Monday, Feb. 18
- Roswell: Tuesday, Feb. 19
- Alpharetta: Wednesday, Feb. 20 Public Works, register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alpharetta-to-host-a-workshop-on-lawn-care-for-spring-and-summer-tickets-55366023266?aff=ebapi
Mid-February is the ideal time to plan to treat your lawn turf – before weeds germinate. Beautiful, healthy lawns require more than simply mowing and fertilizing. Cool-season and warm-season grasses require similar activities, but at different times, to be effective. This class will cover how cool and warm-season grasses differ and what they require, soil testing, fertilizing, weed control, aerating and watering. Even if someone else takes care of your lawn, this seminar will enable you to work with your lawn service more effectively.
Good Soil and Composting
- Sandy Springs: Monday, Feb. 25
- Roswell: Tuesday, Feb. 26
- Alpharetta: Wednesday, March 13 Public Works, register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alpharetta-to-host-a-class-on-good-soil-and-composting-tickets-55535261462?aff=ebapi
This new class is the foundation for our Spring classes on growing and maintaining vegetables, perennials, shrubs and roses. It provides an understanding of the science of soil and how to improve your soil emphasizing sustainable methods. It will cover the use of compost and mulch to improve and protect your soil.
Maintaining and Pruning Shrubs and Roses
- Sandy Springs: Monday, March 4
- Roswell: Tuesday, March 5
In Mid-March homeowners will soon begin pruning and fertilizing roses and shrubs to be prepare for Atlanta’s summer heat and possible lack of rain. If plants have grown too large for their location, they may need to be pruned at the right time and done the right way. This class will cover the when, where and how to prune different plants. And, will provide a review of mulching, weed control, watering, fertilizing, pest control for spring and summer.
The Basics of Vegetable Gardening
- Sandy Springs: Monday, March 18
- Roswell: Tuesday, March 19
- Alpharetta: Wednesday, March 20 City Hall, register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alpharetta-to-host-class-on-the-basics-of-vegetable-gardening-tickets-55763890297?aff=ebapi
Get a jump on summer vegetable gardening. Whether you are new to growing vegetables or are interested in learning how to increase your garden’s bounty, this class is for you. It will cover planning your garden, sustainable (organic) garden practices, spring vegetables, herbs, as well as, mulching, weed control, fertilizing and pest control. Learn from a lifelong gardener.
The Fragrant Garden
- Sandy Springs: Monday, March 25
- Roswell: Tuesday, March 26
- Alpharetta: Wednesday, March 27 Public Works https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-fragrant-garden-workshop-tickets-56138472683
Learn the secrets of creating enchanting fragrance in your garden. This new class identifies fragrant plants for each season to add a new dimension to your garden. Learn about container plants as well as annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines and roses. Fragrances attract pollinators, too.
- Sandy Springs: Monday, April 8
- Roswell: Tuesday, April 9
Containers with plants contribute additional color, form, texture and variety to our landscape. With seasonal changes, they can also be used throughout the year. This class will cover: types of plants to consider, choosing containers, soil requirements, selecting and arranging plants and regular care.
Establishing and Growing Perennials
- Sandy Springs: Monday, April 15
- Roswell: Tuesday, April 16
Perennials add year-after-year color and form to your gardens, whether you have sun, shade or a mixture of both. This class will cover getting started, as well as, tips and techniques to help your perennials prosper for years to come including: soil preparation, planting and dividing, mulching, watering, fertilizing and weed control, selecting perennials and easily grown varieties.
- Sandy Springs: Monday, April 22
- Roswell: Tuesday, April 23
- Alpharetta, Wednesday, May 1 City Hall https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gardening-myths-tickets-56143598013
This new class addresses garden practices many of us have followed for years. But, what do scientists say about these practices? This class addresses misconceptions born of old. Which are misconceptions? Are garden products on the store shelf verified by scientific fact? Do our home remedies for soil amendments and pest control work? How do mulches affective the soil and which are best for urban gardens? And, more.
Our mission is to provide horticultural education, service and inspiration in the North Fulton community. We are pleased to once again partner with historic Bulloch Hall and the 2019 Roswell Azalea Festival in bringing Garden Faire to the community. Proceeds from Garden Faire support the Homeowner Gardening Classes.
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