Enjoy Free Extension Master Gardener Events

Gardening in the Mountains presents: Drought Tolerant Gardening on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Mountain Horticultural Research Station, 455 Research Drive, Mills River.

The presenter will be James Wade, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.

Western North Carolina has experienced sustained periods of less than normal rainfall. Such conditions challenge gardeners as many plants perform at less than desired levels. Developing garden plans that consider the inevitability of drought will make gardening more enjoyable and sustainable. This presentation shares a variety of tips to help you create a water-wise garden. The talk is free but registration is requested by calling 828-255-5522. You are invited to bring a brown bag lunch.

There will be a Compost Demo from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Jesse Israel & Sons Garden Center, WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road, Asheville.

Buncombe County Master Gardener volunteers maintain a compost demonstration garden to teach visitors composting techniques, provide printed material and answer questions. Several compost systems are displayed including a worm composting bin. Master Gardeners educate the public as to good gardening practices using research-based information provided by the North CarolinaState University Extension Service.

There is also still time to enter flower shows for the 2017 Mountain State Fair. The pre entry deadline is Aug. 25

This year there are two flower shows Sept. 6 and Sept. 13. Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers sponsor these shows and encourage amateur gardeners of all ages to enter the competition. Pre-registration is mandatory and available now online at wncagcenter.org/p/mountainstatefair/244 and scroll down to Department M – Flowers & Garden.

Visit www.buncombemastergardener.org for more information.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.