Community Gardening Green Thumb Series 2016 Classes Announced

tomato-garden-stockCome grow with us! Starting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 12, free “green thumb” gardening classes will be available in Cape Girardeau at the Shawnee Park Center. Classes are being offered in conjunction with the University of Missouri Extension.
Registration will be available through the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department by calling 573-339-6340. Funding for the classes is provided by the Healthy Eating Active Lifestyles (HEAL) Grant received by Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center.
Green Thumb Class Schedule 2016
Tuesday, Jan. 12  6-8 p.m. – Garden Beauty in a Bottle
Jamie Koehler, Assistant Nature Center Manager, Master Gardener
Beat those winter blues! We will be creating nature-inspired beauty products from flowers and plants from the garden. Herbal teas will help us relax while we learn and have fun. You will leave feeling refreshed and take home your own spa creations.
Tuesday, Feb. 9  6-8 pm – Garden Basics
Dr. Sven Svenson, Associate Professor of Agribusiness: Horticulture, Director, Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden, Bonnie Svenson
Develop a basic understanding of how plants function in respect to propagation and acquiring needed resources.
Tuesday, Feb. 23  6-8 p.m. – Seed Starting
Donna Auffdenburg, Horticulture Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
Gardeners will learn the basics of starting your own seeds indoors for the growing season.
Tuesday, March 8  6-8 p.m. – Organic Gardening
Ross Peterson, Laughing Stalk Farmstead
Learn basic approaches to organic gardening including fertilization, weed control and pest management.
Tuesday, April 12   6-8 p.m. – Garden Design
Dr. Sven Svenson, Associate Professor of Agribusiness: Horticulture, Director, Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden, Bonnie Svenson
Dr. Svenson and Bonnie will share the pros and cons of various garden design ideas. Learn about sustainable, time and money-saving techniques to consider when setting up your garden.
Tuesday, May 10  6-8 p.m. – Gardening with Kids: Paint, Pots and Edible Flowers
Elena Perryman, Master Gardener
Come ready to create your very own colorful container garden, full of delicious flowers that the whole family can enjoy!
Tuesday, June 14  6:00-8:00 pm – Compost and Improving Your Soils
Donna Auffdenburg, Horticulture Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
Learn the basics of soil and what you can do to improve it to grow great plants. Discover how to start, maintain and utilize compost.
Tuesday, July 12  6-8 p.m. – Gardening for Pollinators
Jamie Koehler, Assistant Nature Center Manager, Master Gardener
Butterflies, bees and birds add a whole new aspect of beauty to your garden. Attracting these lovely creatures to your garden just requires some thought about design and knowledge about habitat. This class will include some design ideas and information about host/food plants.
Tuesday, Aug. 9  6-8 p.m. – Tree and Health
Jen Behnken, Urban Forester, Nature Center Volunteer
Most people can attest to the wonders of a tree. We admire them along our streets, our parks, and our backyards. Tree beautify our communities and provide connections to nature. But more than that, what can trees really do for us? Be amazed at the multitude of values and benefits that we derive from trees from an environmental, social, and economical basis. Learn about how trees are a capital investment to our society, our health, and the world around us. Explore the passion of trees and how proper management and tree care encourages good health and longevity, for trees and people alike.
Tuesday, Sept. 13  6-8 p.m. – Fruit Production
Katie Kammler, Horticulture Specialist and County Program Director, University of Missouri Extension
Learn the basics of growing fruit in Missouri from selecting varieties, planting, maintenance, and harvest.
Tuesday Sept. 27  6-8 p.m. – Getting the Garden Ready for Winter
Donnna Auffdenburg, Horticulture Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
Find out what you can do for your garden in the fall to ensure a healthier start to next year’s growing season.