Fall into the season with area gardening events

Published 12:30 am Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fall is just around the corner, so grab a friend and take advantage of area gardening events.

Organic Gardening Made Easy

Noon Thursday at Warren County Extension Office, 1100-C Grove St.

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Dr. Lelia Kelly, associate Extension professor and Mississippi State University consumer horticulture specialist, will show how easy it is to go organic.

Her presentation will be an interactive video QuickBites program. Admission is free. Call 601-636-5442 for more information.

Garden Lunch, Learn Water Features

11 a.m. Thursday at Swan Creek Farms and Waterfowl Park in Monticello

Chris Thurman, a professional landscaper, will cover the basics of home garden water features, including design options and management. Sponsored by the Lawrence County Master Gardeners, it costs $15 to attend. The fee includes lunch and park tour. For reservations, call 601-587-2271 by Monday.

Prairie Wildflower Workshop

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Mississippi State University’s Bost Extension Theater in Starkville

Bob Brzuszek, Dr. Victor Maddox and Dr. Lelia Kelly will talk about the state’s prairie habitats and wildflower culture.

Tour Osborn prairie and identify wildflowers in bloom.

Registrants will receive prairie wildflower seeds, “Prairie Plants” by Sally Wasowski, “The Tallgrass Prairie Wildflower Field Guide” by Doug Ladd and a garden journal.

The cost, due by Aug. 26, is $25 and includes lunch. Contact Debbie Whitfield at dww12@lalc.msstate.edu or 662-325-4554.

Hummingbird Migration Celebration

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9-11 at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, 285 Plains Road, Holly Springs

Activities include bird-banding; guided wagon rides and nature walks through the 2,600-acre Nature Sanctuary; a native plant sale, live animal shows and a kid’s nature tent.

The guest speakers will be Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home”; Bob Mies, a bat conservation specialist; and Terry Vanderventer, a snake expert.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for children ages 5-12.

For a complete schedule, visit www.strawberryplains.audubon.org

Southern Garden Symposium

Oct. 14-15 at St. Francisville, La.

The speakers will be M. Lindsay Bierman, editor in chief of Southern Living magazine; Guillaume Pellerin of Normandy, France; floral designer Sybil Sylvester; and Mercer Arboretum director Linda Gay.

The symposium will feature lectures, garden tours, an evening gala and vendors.

Registration is required. Visit www.southerngardensymposium.org or call 225-635-3738.

The cost is $65 per day and $50 for the gala.

56th Edward C. Martin Jr. Landscape Design Symposium

8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 19 at Mississippi State University’s Bost Extension Auditorium, Starkville

Bob Brzuszek, an associate professor of landscape architecture, will present Landscapes in a Different Light; Carol Franklin of Philadelphia, Penn., will pre-sent The Spirit of Place; and Timothy J. Schauwecker, an assistant professor of landscape architecture, will pre-sent Gardening with Your Ecological Heritage.

To register, send a check for $20 to MS State University by Oct. 15. Mail with your name and address to MSU Department of Landscape Architecture, P.O. Box 9725, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Also a brochure and registration form are at www.lalc.msstate.edu. Click on “Coming Events.”

The symposium also is sponsored by the Garden Clubs of Mississippi.

Fall Flower and Garden Fest

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21-22 at the Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Springs

The festival will feature speakers, display and test gardens, food and plant vendors, and the Let’s Go Walkin’ Mississippi one-mile walk at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21.

Admission to the festival is free.

Visit msucares.com/fallfest for information and directions.

Fall Plant Sale

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 22 and noon-4 p.m. Oct. 23 at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road

Visit Alabama’s largest living museum with 10,000 different plants and 67.5 acres of more than 25 gardens, outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths.

Call 205-414-3959 or visit www.bbgardens.org for information.