Sunday, March 4, 2018

Gardening Events Aplenty: Attend & Learn

Expand Your Gardening Knowledge 

Note: Master Gardeners, these learning events count for continuing education credits.  
This Saturday March 10th in Hutchinson

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In Hutchinson  
March 20th: Horticulture Club's "Designing Beautiful Beds & Borders", Dillon Nature Center 7pm, 3002 E 30th,
April 19th: Reno County Master Gardener's Host, "Garden to Table", Adam & Maggie Pounds, Emanuel Lutheran Church, 7pm
April 21st: Women's Fair, Sunflower Blding, KS State Fairgrounds, 9am to 4pm, 

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In Hesston 
March 15th: Dyck Aboretum, 177 Hickory St, "Native Plant School-Birdscaping", $10, 7-8:30pm, Call 620/327-8127
March 27th:  Dyck Aboretum, 177 Hickory St, "Bats of Kansas", 6:30-8pm, $5 for lecture, $10 for supper & lecture, Call 620/327-8127
March 29th: Dyck Aboretum, 177 Hickory St, "Native Plant School-Native Plant Essentials", $10, 7-8:30pm, Call 620/327-8127

In Wichita 
March 14: "Raised Bed Gardening", Wichita Public Library, Evergreen Library Branch,
  2601 N. Arkansas, Free, Call 316/303-8181 to register 
March 15: "Raised Bed Gardening", Wichita Public Library, Rockwell Branch
5939 E 9th, Free, Call 316/688-9361 to register

Saturday, April 7th

8:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 4-H Hall

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Harvey County Home & Garden Show March 10-11

Gardening with Native Prairie Plants & Grasses

March 10 and 11, 2018

The 2018 Harvey County Home and Garden Show is Saturday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, March 12, 12-5 p.m., at the National Guard Armory, 400 Grandview, Newton Ks.  Info Call 316-284-6930

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pratt County Extension Master Gardener's What is BioChar

Dig This!

What is Bio Char? How to enrich your soil. 

Reservations need to be made by Monday the 15th. Call

January 17th
Noon to 1pm
Pratt  County
Extension Office
Pratt County
824 W. 1st St
Pratt, KS 67124
620-672-9566 fax

$10 per person
Includes a Light meal

Friday, January 5, 2018

Reno County Master Gardeners Celebrate the Holidays

 Reno County Master Gardeners
This year's spirit award goes to Andy and Mary for their Christmas Fantasyland display.

A roughly 4' by 8' table was converted into chocolate cake mountains and valleys covered with white frosting snow.  This was accented with cookie trees and houses throughout.  A festive old-time toy train ran through a cake tunnel and over a bridge.  That's our Andy, a Master Gardener maybe, but still a kid at Christmas time. Submitted by jzabel, photos by bcrockford.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Master Gardeners Host Annual Plant Swap

Our Reno County Extension Master Gardener's (RCEMG) hosted a booth Saturday October 21st at the Farmer's Market, 2nd and Washington, in Hutchinson. The annual Plant Swap of perennials, houseplants, and seeds was well received.

Jacqui Wood RCEMG  shares plants with David & Liz Welty 4H family...Lanae, Isaac and Evan all enjoy gardening and are members of the Royal Clovers 4H club.

The swap was a great success. With about 25 different participants bringing items for the farmers market customers. 

All plants were shared free of charge to gardeners and plant lovers young and old. One master gardener, Allen Hirst, collected over 15,000 milkweed seeds. Milkweed is desired by monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies depend on the milkweed plants. They lay their eggs on them because they are the only food the monarch caterpillars eat. Monarch numbers are declining, partly due to the loss of open spaces where milkweeds grow. You can help give monarchs a boost by creating a milkweed garden.
Master Gardener Allen Hirst Shows the growth pattern of a tropical milkweed

The tall plant in the background is the Milkweed Plant 

Submitted by master gardener bcrockford.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Plant Swap & other Happenings

Our Reno County Extension Master Gardener's (RCEMG) host a booth each 3rd Saturday at the Farmer's Market, 2nd and Washington, in Hutchinson. Folks who stop by the booth can sign up for the Reno County Extension's quarterly electronic newsletter. The newsletter has research and up-to-date information in the related fields of Horticulture, Agriculture, Family Consumer, and 4-H.  
Rae Leen Chesney  is September's winner of the door prize @  RCEMG booth @Reno County Farmer Market. The prize was a set of plant ID stakes and a notebook from the Kansas Prescribed Fire Council. The September booth's theme was fall landscaping and fire preparedness. A big thank you to Jess Crockford for sharing his expertise. Fall is a good time to clear cedars out of pastures and mow the tall grasses to limit the amount of fuel available and therefore limit wild fire damage around homes and farmsteads.

Another late summer Farmer's Market RCEMG prize winner was Debbie Fields. She won a garden seed catalog tin. 
  Free Perennial Plant Swap
Where/When: You can stop by the Master Gardener's Farmer's Market booth on Saturday, October 21st, 8:00am-Noon. Something special is planned.
What: Bring any perennial plant, such as one you have divided from your garden. Exchange it for another plant someone else brings. You can bring more than one and take home more than one. Any type of perennial can be exchanged including flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, herbs. No annuals please. There will also be a seed exchange, either annual or perennial seeds. Please have all plants and seeds labeled. Then you can enjoy something new in your garden next season. See you there! Submitted by bcrockford, photos by phughes.