Author: MOBILE MASTER GARDENERS

Have you tried growing a hardy hibiscus?

By Alice Marty/contributing writer Q: Recently our garden club had quite a discussion about the hardiness of hibiscus in the Mobile area. I say they are not, but several members thought otherwise. Perhaps you could settle our disagreement. A: Well, how about a hardy hibiscus? Yes, some hibiscuses are hardy in Alabama. Local gardeners have long loved the tropical hibiscus, hibiscus rosa-sinensis, seen commonly in the landscapes of south and central Florida. These evergreen shrubs with dark, glossy leaves and large, flamboyant flowers in shades of red, gold, orange, yellow, pink and white are popular in pots and in...

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Gardening with li’l sprouts

By Judy Stout, Ph.D./contributing writer Q: With school out for summer, I not only have my children at home but also many neighborhood children. How can I involve them in gardening and get them outside, away from the digital screen? A: Good question! We received a similar inquiry from a grandmother looking for outdoor activities for her grandchildren. Gardening with children is a great intergenerational activity that can occur at any time and is as flexible as the imagination of the children and adults involved. What a wonderful way to make memories! More than a seed is planted in...

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How to build a succulent bowl

By Judy Weaver/contributing writer It has been my good fortune to become a Master Gardener in three states: New Jersey, Louisiana and Alabama. Two weeks ago Carol Williams and Ellen Huckabay wrote a column about the upcoming Master Gardener class this August in Mobile. For me, becoming a MG was as much about making new friends as it was a great educational opportunity. Gardeners are the nicest people. I say that to share this interview with Davanna Hart, who was our succulent expert in Baton Rouge. Hart has raised cacti and succulents since childhood, but got serious about it...

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Master Gardener class begins in August

Now that you’ve been reading our Ask a Master Gardener column in Lagniappe for almost two years, maybe you’re thinking, “That sounds fun. How can I get involved?” We’re so glad you asked! The Master Gardener program is much more than just 15 daylong gardening classes. It is a volunteer training program by which the Alabama Cooperative Extension System extends its outreach mission to the citizens of Alabama. This program represents an effective partnership between Auburn and Alabama A&M universities and motivated volunteers interested in educating their communities using research-based information. All of the techniques and information we teach...

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Find your inspiration at the Gallery of Gardens

Q: I recently enjoyed the Historic Homes Tour and remembered something similar Master Gardeners offered, visiting various gardens around Mobile. Do you still do that and will you please provide details? A: Perfect timing! You are remembering the Gallery of Gardens, a wonderful event which is a fundraiser offered by Mobile Botanical Gardens. As a partner organization, Mobile County Master Gardeners supports MBG, providing docent guides in each garden on the tour, answering questions and identifying featured plants at each site. A fantastic selection of home gardens will be on the tour this year. Dates of the 2017 Gallery...

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