Sunday, March 3, 2019

"Green Thumb at Your Library" | @ the Library Article

Gardening is a popular and relaxing hobby for many people of all ages.  One of the main reasons for its popularity is its simplicity.  Gardening and growing plants requires only a few key ingredients: seed, sunlight, water, and patience.  It's a great way to slow down and reconnect with the earth around you in the midst of our fast-paced world.  Therefore I'm happy to share that Abilene Public Library and the Texas A&M Master Gardeners Association have partnered to provide the program "STEAM'ed: Container Gardening" on March 7 at 6:30PM at the Mockingbird Branch Library.

This fun and educational program is for adults with an interest in, or passion for, gardening.  If you want to grow your own food but don't know where to begin, join us as we learn about container gardens for beginners.  Container Gardening allows you to grow plants in small spaces and does not require digging in the ground.

Ms Juanita Campos of the Texas Master Gardeners Association will talk about how to read seed packets as well as discuss the right ways to care for plants in our West Texas heat and more.  Whether you're a seasoned gardener or you've only entertained the idea of gardening, this free class is for everyone.  Moreover everyone who attends will be able to plant seeds to take home as you start your own garden this spring.

To learn more about the Texas A&M Master Gardener Program provided through the Abilene Extension office, visit them online.

Established in 1979, the Texas Master Gardeners Association has 54 chapters across the state.  Each one is locally run and is as diverse in scope as the Texas landscape itself.  Members are comprised of local community residents who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, and gardens.  They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and to help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people.  However, what really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture.  In exchange for their training, Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through the local Extension office to provide horticulturally-related information to their community.  As another entity that works to provide information to the community, we are happy to have this opportunity to partner with our local chapter for this program.

For more information regarding this program, phone 325-676-6025.

Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

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