Garden Events
by SherryBlanton
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Mar 24, 2012 | 2585 views |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Rain Barrel and Cisterns Workshop

By Hayes Jackson, Urban Regional Agent

March 29, 2012 10:00—12:00 pm

Anniston Museum of Natural History

800 Museum Drive, Anniston To Register Contact 256 237-6766

FREE CLASS! *First 30 registrants can purchase a Rain Barrel for $40.00*

"Funded by Legacy, Inc. Partners in Environment Education."

Sponsored by Anniston Museum of Natural History

Berman Museum of World History

Longleaf Botanical Garden



Saturday, April 21rst, 4-H Tree Amigos Master Gardeners , 8 - 11, Cane Creek Community Gardens

Saturday, May 5, 4-H Tree Amigos Master Gardeners and Anniston Museum Volunteers, 8 AM - until all plants are sold, Longleaf Botanical Gardens at the Anniston Museum

Saturday, May 5, Jacksonville Garden Club, 8 until, Dr. Bonds parking lot in Jacksonville



LUNCH & LEARN - A series of free gardening programs sponsored by Calhoun County Master Gardeners & Calhoun County Commission. Held the 4 th Wednesday of each month at the Cane Creek Community Garden at McClellan. Noon-1pm ~ bring your own lunch!

April 25 th


"Stone Structure Sites on Choccolocco Mountain"

Harry Holstein, JSU Archeology Dept.

May 23 rd

"Land Conservation in Alabama"

Josh Holmes, Alabama Land Trust

June 27 th


Hayes Jackson, ACES

July 25 th

Cleaning up Choccolocco Creek"

Michael Buntin, AL Aquatic Biodiversity Center

Aug 22 nd

"Getting to Know the Talladega National Forest"

Karen McKenzie, District Ranger

Sept 26 th

"Native Plants"

Hayes Jackson, ACES

Dates/speakers subject to change. Calhoun Co. Extension Office 256-237-1621.

"Every Home Deserves a Garden" with Vince Dooley, Botanical Gardens Benefit Luncheon, Friday, April 27, Call the Museum to get a ticket. 



Has Spring Sprung?
by SherryBlanton
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Mar 23, 2012 | 2657 views |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Just wanted to share a photo of my ‘Coral Bells’ azalea. Nothing says like spring in Alabama like the blooms of this beautiful azalea (except perhaps for the glorious stretch of white dogwoods lining the street in my neighborhood). These warm days have led all of us to believe that spring is really here and winter is over. But the last official frost date for our area is April 15th. I can remember a snow on April 6th. So words of wisdom. It is too early to plant tender annuals. It is too early to put out a summer vegetable garden. Even if we do not have  a frost, the ground has not warmed up enough to put annuals and summer vegetables in the ground. At a recent vegetable growing class I attended it was suggested that the ground be around 65 degrees for our summer vegetables to begin to grow. If plants are very tender the first week of May is even better for them. Most annuals are considered tropicals and we are way too chilly now for them. I have to admit I was tempted as I strolled the aisles of the big box stores and eyed the begonias, the impatiens, the zinnias, and others. But common sense took over. Those same plants will be waiting for me when it is safer to plant them. So spend this lovely weekend getting ready to plant. Add some compost to your flower bed. Wash the pollen off your car and enjoy spring in Alabama.

Enjoying a mahonia!
by SherryBlanton
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Mar 12, 2012 | 3107 views |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Most of the time this evergreen shrub adopts an unassuming role in the garden. A stiff upright- growing plant with prickly leaves that resembles a holly, it doesn’t command our attention like a camellia or a Japanese maple. That is, until January when magnificent sprays of bright yellow flowers bloom in spike-like clusters. The faded blooms are replaced by blue-black berries which the birds relish. This is one of those plants that must be planted in the right place, as the leaves are sharp and a little mean. It should not be planted close to walkways or where people sit or little children play. Mahonias do not seem to be bothered by either pests or diseases but they can get leggy. Use judicious pruning when needed to remove the leggiest canes to the ground.


I have many different mahonias in my yard but ‘Arthur Menzies’ (ordered from Heronswood Gardens, now out of business) may be a favorite. Friend and gardener Hayes Jackson told me this was a plant I should own. He was right; the beautiful glossy green leaves and the wonderful sprays of bright yellow blooms have earned a place in my garden’s heart. The sprays, resembling mini fireworks exploding in the landscape, are a special gift in January when the days tend to be gray and dreary. Although ‘Arthur Menzies’ will grow in full sun to part shade, mine is in filtered shade and doing well. This mahonia can reach 15 feet tall but not nearly that wide; in the ten or so years in my grden it has not reached that size. It is not a suitable choice for a foundation planting. It might make a nice screen as long as you plant it where no one can get stuck.

When I began to garden decades ago I went for all the splash and substance for spring and summer, an error commonly made by many gardeners, especially first timers. But gardening and the precious gifts that a garden can bring can occur twelve months of the year. A mahonia is only one of many wonderful plants that brightens the landscape at unexpected times throughout the year. So garden for the whole year. It takes a little practice and a lot of thought, but it is a worthwhile effort.

Gardening Programs
by SherryBlanton
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Mar 04, 2012 | 2487 views |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
daffodils and pansies share the spotlight
daffodils and pansies share the spotlight

I will be presenting a free program on March 6 th at 2PM at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County: "How does Your Garden Grow." Grady Woodall will present a free bonsai program at the Library on March 13 at noon and then there will be a hands on workshop on March 30 (call the Library to register as there is a fee for this workshop).

Hayes Jackson is doing a "Rain Barrel and Cisterns" workshop at the Anniston Museum from 10 until noon on March 29 th . Please check with the Museum at 256-237-6766 to register.

Looking ahead "Lunch and Learn" with the Calhoun County Master Gardeners starts back on April 25 at noon. Dr. Harry Holstein of JSU will be our speaker. The first MG plant sale of the season is April 21 from 8 until 11. Both events are at Cane Creek Community Gardens.

Celebrating Arbor Day
by SherryBlanton
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Feb 13, 2012 | 3781 views |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

For those of you who can always use another tree there will be 2 tree giveaways in the county this month:

Jacksonville Arbor Day Tree give away: Friday, Feb. 17 th on the Square from 3 until 5 PM

Calhoun County Beautification Board: Friday, February 24 at Foodland in Alexandria from 2:30 until 4:30 PM.

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