Master Gardeners of Shelby County host 2024 Gardening Series


SIDNEY — The Master Gardeners of Shelby County will present another line-up of gardening programs for 2024. Each program will be on the second Thursday of the month from March through September (except for July: Fair month) from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. All programs will be held at the Amos Memorial Public Library. The March program will be in the lower-level meeting room via stairs or elevator. All other programs will be held in the Community Room on the first floor.

Each program is free and open to the public with no pre-registration required. Refreshments and informational handouts will be available. A door prize will be awarded to one lucky attendee each month.

The list of this year’s programs is:

March 14 – “Grow Your Own” – Master Gardener, Jim McCracken, will show us how to grow plants from seeds in early spring using grow lights, warming mats, and other readily available materials to start your garden early. No greenhouse needed!

April 11 – “Natives: Why and How” – Dave McPheron, owner of Star Farms Native Plants in Kenton, Ohio, will discuss plants that grow well and are native to this part of Ohio. This timely presentation will provide you with ideas on how to expand or start your garden with colorful and reliable plants that come back year after year.

May 9 – “Going to Pot” – Angie Frantom and Courtney Diltz from Sidney’s Crossway Farms will explain how to select and arrange the best plants for containers and hanging baskets. They will also give tips on how to keep those containers looking gorgeous all summer long.

June 13 – “Thyme Began in a Garden” – Master Gardener, Janet Nelson, has years of experience in growing almost every herb you can imagine—and others you didn’t even know existed! Her presentation will focus on growing and using herbs in delicious foods and beverages.

Aug. 8 – “Let’s Think Spring” – As summer winds down and cooler weather approaches, it’s time to look ahead toward making your garden come alive in the spring. Master Gardener, Ann Heeley, will discuss bulbs and tubers that are planted in the fall for that much-needed burst of color in the spring.

Sept. 12 – “Mopheads, Lace-caps, and Oakleaf Hydrangeas” – Dianne Wells has had tremendous success growing hundreds of beautiful hydrangeas in every shape, color, and size. She’ll explain the differences between these hardy flowering shrubs and give tips on how to care for them in your own garden.

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