Time To Get Your Garden On.

March 21, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

 

My mom has the most spectacular garden during the spring and summer months. She spends hours picking the exact plants for each perfect spot and then proceeds to spend yet more hours tending, watering, and trimming.

Sadly, this gene did not pass along to me.

I had a cactus once. I prefer not to talk about it.

Thankfully for the botanical world at large, there are a lot of people who have a great and beautiful passion for all things green and gardening. Their passions probably sprang from different moments in life, growing into a casual hobby or blossoming into a greater endeavor. (Like the super plant-smart and friendly people over at Shades of Green. Wow!)

Turns out, there are people who love it so much, they become Master Gardeners through a program with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, which is part of Texas A&M. (Whoop, whoop!) These are the Tamers of Trees, Sires of Shrubbery, Jedi of Juniper, and Bosses of Bougainvillea.

If you’ve ever had a niggling to become a Big Kahuna Master Gardener, you can! Or if you’re just the casual put-putter in your yard and every summer think, gee, something yellow would look great in that corner with that tree-bush thing we’ve got, they have recommendations and tips for that as well. With great plant wisdom comes great plant responsibility, and all the Master Gardeners spend time pouring back into the community by assisting with community gardens, giving advice, and offering presentations.

If you’re just dipping your fingernails in the dirt for the first time, two of these Master Gardeners will be dropping by the library on Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:00-8:30pm. Michael Jones and Dorothy Ingram will be happy to give advice and make plant recommendations for Frisco and Collin County dwellers specifically. (Dirt changes depending on where you live. Who knew?)

If you can’t make it, green thumbs, fear not. The library’s got a huge assortment of gardening books.

If you do come, fantastic! We’ll learn and get dirty together. Just please don’t tell the Master Gardeners about my cactus.

Gabi Estes

Library Assistant – Adult Services

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