Fall Gardening Series Coming up

This fall the Southside Master Gardener Association will present three gardening programs. The talks will be held at the South Boston – Halifax County Museum on Fridays November 4, 11 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. These sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested so call 434-476-2147, option 0 or email ask@ssmga.org
            On Friday November 4, Chris Mullins, Virginia Cooperative Extension expert on greenhouse and nursery operations, will present Hydroponics. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water. Systems can be simple with water you maintain on a periodic basis or complicated loop systems that include fish tanks to provide nutrition to the plants. Chris will share the in and outs of using these systems in the home environment.
            Kathy Conner Cornell will present Rose Care and Maintenance on Friday November 11. Roses are a garden favorite because they are so beautiful and smell heavenly and they have a long bloom time.  But roses do have their thorny issues and Kathy will discuss proper planting methods, how to properly prune and deadhead and tips to prevent disease.
            The mighty chestnut tree was once the King of the Forest.  However, a blight hit the trees in the early twentieth century and by the 1950’s the tree was completely demolished.  Jennifer Gagnon, Coordinator of Virginia Forest Landowner Education, will discuss the history of this magnificent tree and the current efforts to restore these trees by creating a hybrid of the American Chestnut and the Chinese Chestnut which is completely resistant to the blight.
            Come and join the Master Gardeners for these presentations.  Call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, option 0 or email ask@ssmga.org to make a reservation. Light snacks will be served and Thyme to Eat, the new Master Gardener Cookbook, will be offered for sale at each session.