SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gardeners and would-be gardeners often use winter's chill days to dream of spring and summer's garden beauty and bounty. Sometimes, those dreams can snowball into a gardening season chained to the yard, with no time or energy for fair weather fun.
Award-winning garden writer Barbara Pleasant will help gardeners avoid this common pitfall by sharing dozens of practical, labor-saving tips for gardeners of all experience levels. Pleasant will keynote the Kanawha County Master Gardener Association's "Spring into Gardening" workshops Feb. 22 at the South Charleston Public Library. The workshops are free and open to the public, though registration is required.
Pleasant is recognized as one of America's most-trusted garden writers. A six-time winner of the Garden Globe award, given by the Garden Writers Association, she has written numerous books, on subjects from vegetables to weeds, and hundreds of feature magazine articles.
Pleasant's presentation, scheduled for noon, will top off a morning of workshops designed to get gardeners off to a good spring start. She will have her most-recent garden books for sale and signing after her program.
The morning workshops are:
From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: "Protecting and Appreciating Pollinators," presented by Steve May and Gabe Blatt, and "Composting: Recycling Garden Waste into Garden Treasure," presented by Kanahwa County WVU Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources John Porter.
From 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.: "Growing Herbs in Containers," presented by Melissa Dennison, and "From Lawn to Luscious: How to Turn a Patch of Grass into a Functioning Garden Space," presented by Bill Shanklin.
The Kanawha County Master Gardener Association will provide light refreshment from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m., followed by the second set of workshops.
Those interested in the "Spring Into Gardening" workshops can register by emailing their workshop choices to hughesbethgar...@gmail.com or by contacting Sheri Meadows at 304-776-7388.
Include your name and telephone number with your program choices.
For more information about sessions, contact Jennifer Soule at springintogarden...@gmail.com.