Local Gardening Classes 2024

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Opportunities abound for gardeners to learn in 2024! NC State Extension in Henderson County, Bullington Gardens and other organizations will be providing classes covering a variety of home gardening topics in the new year. The Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show and Podcast will continue to provide timely gardening information every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on WTZQ 95.3 FM. Be sure to sign up for a class and listen to the Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show and Podcast and learn how to make your garden grow better!

NC State Extension Gardening Classes

steve pettis teaches

NC State Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center Agent Steve Pettis is a plant health expert and pest management specialist. Steve will be teaching his gardening classes at Bullington Gardens in 2024.

Mountain Mushrooms (sold out!) January 23, 2024 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent and host of the Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show and Podcast, will teach attendees about basic fungal biology, how to grow mushrooms at home, and the top wild mushrooms to collect in the forest.

Shiitake mushroom taste good and are healthful.

Mountain Mushrooms (second date added!) February 13, 2024 – 2p.m.–4p.m.
Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent and host of the Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show and Podcast, will teach attendees about basic fungal biology, how to grow mushrooms at home, and the top wild mushrooms to collect in the forest.

Shiitake mushroom taste good and are healthful.

Spring Ephemeral Flowers, Mosses and Ferns May 2, 2024 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent and host of the Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show and Podcast, will discuss the many flowers that grow in the Spring time in the forests of Western North Carolina. He will discuss some of the most common spring ephemeral plants’ biology, their pollinators and some of the interesting history of these special plants as well as mosses and ferns.

firepinks

Learn about those flowers that appear in the mountain forests.

Bonsai June 6, 2024 – 2-4 p.m.

Bonsai is the ancient art of dwarfing trees. The goal is to create in miniature a tree that looks like a mature tree in a pot. The word bonsai literally means ‘plant in a tray’. The concept is simple; restrict the growth of a plant’s roots and shoots, allowing the trunk to grow. The end result is a plant that appears to be a miniature representation of its relatives in the wild. Join NC State Horticulture Agent Steve Pettis to learn how to create bonsai trees.

bonsai

A one gallon juniper was easily transformed into a bonsai plant.

Gardening for Pollinators – (with a garden walk)July 11, 2024 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent and host of the Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show and Podcast, will discuss the importance of beneficial insects and pollinators and how to garden for their benefit. Then Steve will lead a pollinator walk through the Bullington Garden grounds.

echinacea and pollinator

Pollinating insects are essential to agricultural plants and wild plants.

The Secret Lives of TreesAugust 8, 2024 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent and host of the Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show and Podcast, will talk about the importance of Western North Carolina’s tree canopy, tree health, tree care and more.

forest

A contiguous tree canopy creates habitat for wildlife, cools the air, moderates the climate, cleans pollutants from the air, captures rainwater to prevent flooding, produces oxygen, captures carbon dioxide and generally makes people feel better.

Registration through Bullington Gardens
Cost: $15 per person. $12 for Friends of Bullington.

 Other Gardening Classes sponsored by NC State Extension:

Etowah Library

Creating Bonsai – May 15, 2024 – 10-11:30 a.m. 

Bonsai is the ancient art of dwarfing trees. The goal is to create in miniature a tree that looks like a mature tree in a pot. The word bonsai literally means ‘plant in a tray’. The concept is simple; restrict the growth of a plant’s roots and shoots, allowing the trunk to grow. The end result is a plant that appears to be a miniature representation of its relatives in the wild. Join NC State Horticulture Agent Steve Pettis to learn how to create bonsai trees.

Town of Laurel Park (First Congregational Church)

Environmentally Friendly Landscaping, Tree Health, FirewiseMarch 28, 2024 – 1-3 p.m. Many of the landscape methods that we utilize have negative environmental repercussions. Join Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent and host of the Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show and Podcast to learn how we can do things better! Steve will discuss how to manage your landscape in the most environmentally friendly way possible using sustainable gardening practices. Also learn about tree health care and maintenance. Finally, Steve will cover FIREWISE practices you can utilize to make your home less susceptible to wildfire.

Hendersonville Tree Board (at Hendersonville Operations Center on Williams Street)

Tree Health, Care and Preservation- February 26, 2024  – 1-3 p.m. Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent and host of the Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show and Podcast, will talk about the importance of Western North Carolina’s tree canopy, tree health, tree care and more.