The Library Garden Series is back for 2020

By on February 15, 2020

It’s that time of year again! The Library Garden Series is back for 2020, this time presented at the Dare County Libraries in Manteo and Kill Devil Hills.

Are you interested in gardening? Here’s a way to make your winter blues go away! Start planning your spring garden now with the Library Garden Series presented by the NC State Extension’s Dare County Master Gardeners at the Dare County Libraries in Kill Devil Hills and Manteo.

All programs at the Kill Devil Hills and Manteo Libraries will be on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. Presentations will last approximately one hour, and people can choose to attend one or all of the programs that are of interest to them. For 2020, we hope you will join us for many brand new never-before offered programs as well as some of our most popular topics from years past.

The 2020 Garden Series will kick off with Plants that Survive & Thrive on the Outer Banks, a familiar topic, but this year with all new plant selections. Dare County Master Gardeners have chosen 7 plants that have done well in the tough conditions of the Outer Banks. Featured plants this year are Ice Plant, Salvia, Coral Honeysuckle, American Holly, Camellia and Red Bud. Plants that Survive & Thrive on the Outer Banks will be presented at the Kill Devil Hills Library on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m.

A brand new program, Integrated Pest Management, marks the return of the Garden Series to the Manteo Library. This program will show you how to formulate a pest management plan to manage pests such as weeds and insects in your landscape and garden. This program provides information and strategies that are a combination of common sense and scientific principles. Integrated Pest Management will be presented on Wednesday, January 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the Manteo Library.

Native Plants for 4 Seasons is another all-new program to the series. Adding a native plant to your landscape helps care for nature and enhances the local environment while adding beauty and diversity to the area. Master Gardeners have chosen plants that are well adapted to the physical environment formed by our local climate, weather conditions, soil types, and other factors that affect gardening on the Outer Banks, selecting plants that add interest in all four seasons. Join us for Native Plants for 4 Seasons Wednesday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kill Devil Hills Library.

Herbs are great plants that can grow inside as well as out in your garden or landscape. They are easy to grow, and this revised presentation will give you information on growing and using herbs to enhance your garden and food preparation. Herbs will be presented at the Kill Devil Hills Library on Wednesday, February 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Plants that Survive & Thrive on the Outer Banks, (see description above) will be presented at the Manteo Library on Wednesday, February 19 at 11:00 a.m.

Container gardens are a good way to get started with gardening or to continue gardening on a smaller, easier scale. With the program, Container Gardening, you will learn the basics for growing vegetables and flowers in containers. Great information on types of containers, preparing pots and soil mixtures as well as ideas for decorating your landscape with containers. Container Gardening will be presented at the Kill Devil Hills Library on Wednesday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m.

Another brand-new topic is next with Orchids. Orchids are beautiful flowers that some think are difficult to grow. This presentation will talk about which orchids are best for the home gardener as well as their care and requirements. Join us for Orchids on Wednesday, March 11 at the Kill Devil Hills Library at 11:00 a.m.

Color without Flowers: Foliage Takes the Stage. In this program, you will learn more about using foliage plants in your landscaping. Flowers come and go, but foliage plants provide long-lasting color throughout the seasons. Color without Flowers: Foliage Takes the Stage will be presented at the Manteo Library on Wednesday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m.

The 2020 Garden Series will wrap-up with Irrigation for Container Gardening.

Daily watering of containers is a chore. In this program you will learn tips to lessen the time spent on watering. Attendees will also learn how to assemble a simple, efficient drip system from hardware store pieces that you can create yourself. Irrigation for Container Gardening will be presented on Wednesday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kill Devil Hills Library.

All presentations are courtesy of the NC State Extension’s Dare County Master Gardeners Speaker’s Bureau, and are free and open to the public, and reservations are not required.

For more information, please call the Dare County Library in Kill Devil Hills 441-4331, the Manteo Library at 473-2372, or stop by the library to pick up a program brochure. The presentation schedule and more about the Dare County Master Gardener program may be accessed on Dare County’s NC State Extension website at https://dare.ces.ncsu.edu/events/

 


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