Media contacts: Leah Chester-Davis, Communication Specialist, 704.895.1122 or 704.617.0502; Kevin Starr, Extension Director, Lincoln County, 704.736.8452
North Carolina Cooperative Extension experts will again provide a wealth of gardening information at Extension's Successful Gardener Learning Center during the 2006 Southern Spring Home and Garden Show at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart.
The show begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, and runs through 6 p.m. Sunday, March 5.
Extension horticulture agents and Master Gardeners will staff the Learning Center throughout the show. Soil sample boxes, the March issue of the award-winning Extension's Successful Gardener newsletter and other helpful gardening information will be available at the center. Visitors may also register to win a one-year subscription to the newsletter and to receive monthly e-mail gardening tips from North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
On Friday, March 3, Extension's Successful Gardener team will present seminars on the Great Garden Stage. The line-up for the day:
11 a.m. Local Foods, Undiscovered Treasure — Locally produced foods offer freshness and good nutrition. Learn how to find locally produced foods. Presented by Kevin Starr, Extension county director, Lincoln County, and Mark Blevins, Extension horticulture agent, Gaston County.
1:30 p.m. Be Healthy, Grow What You Eat — Karen Neill, Extension horticulture agent, Guilford County, and expert on the Almanac Gardener TV show, will talk about the importance of eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and how to grow your own.
2:30 p.m. Getting Your Feet Wet — This is a step-by-step guide to developing a pond, stream and waterfall in your landscape. Presented by David Barkley, Extension horticulture agent, Brunswick County.
3:30 p.m. ABCs of Lawn Care, the Homeowner's Guide to a Healthy Lawn — Jim Monroe, Extension director in Mecklenburg County, will provide tips on maintaining a healthy lawn.
4:30 p.m. Tiptoe Through the Tulips — Donna Teasley, Extension horticulture agent, Burke County, will provide information on growing spring-flowering bulbs.
5:30 p.m. How to Become an Extension Master Gardener — Information on this exciting volunteer program, which provides participants with a wealth of information about plants and allows them to share that knowledge with others, will be presented by Darrell Blackwelder, Extension horticulture agent, Rowan County.
7 p.m. Landscape with Ease – Daniel Shires, Extension horticulture agent, Cleveland County, will share tips on how to plant and grow a low-maintenance landscape. This seminar is for those who enjoy lovely a landscape but who have limited time to maintain it.
Southern Spring Home and Garden Show tickets only are $7.50 in advance and $9.00 at the door. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact Southern Shows at 704 376-6594 or 1.800.849.0248, or visit www.southernshows.com . Learn more about Extension's Successful Gardener at http://www.successfulgardener.org/ .
North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational partnership of North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, county governments and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cooperative Extension's mission is to help people put research-based knowledge to work for economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and an improved quality of life. Learn more on line at www.ces.ncsu.edu .- end -
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