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This site has been created to provide information about upcoming meetings, community, garden articles, tips, interesting websites, blogs, members garden activities, garden pictures, and much more.

This site is for all of us to share our love for gardening and our garden friends. Please enjoy! Comment often and pass on what you would like to see posted on our site!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bee Balm Be Gone????

So every time I get frustrated with the wildness of this Bee Balm, a hummingbird talks to me.

I keep thinking by the back-porch, I need less plants more conformity.But just as I am thinking about pulling the Bee Balm out a hummingbird zips pass me and is on the Bee Balm.

As I am stewing over the ugly Cone Flowers , a finch is hanging out eating the seeds out of the dying seed head.

So they are safe for another year!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Exciting News From Corinne

Hello, All!
It is with excitement and enthusiasm that I “introduce” to you our new Shelby County Horticulture Technician, Walt Reichert!  I know that introductions are not necessary since you all know Walt, but we are happy to have him on board as part of our Extension staff!  Walt will be working closely with the Master Gardeners Association as well as the MG course.  We are looking forward to the knowledge and experience Walt will share with our Extension clientele.  I have copied him on this email so you all will have his contact information and he yours.  I’m sure you are all looking forward to working with Walt!

Corinne Kephart
County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources
Shelby County Extension Service

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fun Event

Old  Louisville Garden Tour July 7th - 8th from 10 am -5 pm cost $12.00 advance $15 day of tour. 11 or more qualify for $11.00 group rate # (502-635-5244) or group # (502) 432-8665). Cash, check or CC accepted.
10 gardens a carriage house, plants for sale from Plant Kingdom and Art in the Garden at DuPont Mansion B&B. Ticket purchase qualifies for some purchase discounts. Plant vendors and gardening items available, and a silent auction.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Upcoming Events

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 11, 12 & 13 - 10 AM to 5 PM each day - the Locust Grove Gardener's Fair and Silent Auction.  This event features many vendors and offers the chance to purchase flowers, herbs, and plants - along with a variety of garden tools, artistic and practical garden accessories, wrought iron sculptures, water gardens, yard furniture and a host of other delightful finds you may not be able to live without! 

On May 19th & 20th, the Kentucky Gourd Society will hold their 18th annual Gourd Art Show at the Spencer County Elementary School at 1265 mt. Washington Road, KY Hwy 44, west of Taylorsville.  It is absolutely AMAZING what you can do with gourds!!  For more information, you may visit their website at http://www.kygourdsociety.org/.

On the first weekend in June, the Arts Association of Oldham County will offer "Arts on the Green", an annual world-class festival.  Visitors can meet and purchase from the best artisans in the region.   I will offer more information about this event in the future, but you may learn more by visiting their website - maryklausing@bellsouth.net - but mark your calendar now to reserve the dates.

OF COURSE - our next event is the Annual Garden and Art Fair on Saturday, April 28th.  We will be transporting plants from the Extension Office on Friday, starting about 5 PM.  If you have a van or truck, and can help us with this project, please come to the Extension Office at 5PM.   We will begin setting up at the fairgrounds Friday evening and be back there by 7 to 7:30 AM on Saturday.      The weather looks pretty "iffy", so I have obtained permission to use Floral Hall again if we need to.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Up Coming Events

Thursday April 12th   Potting Session at Becky Kirts  232 Colony Drive  5:00pm

Saturday, April 14 - Earth Day at Red Orchard Park   (If you would be willing to work in the Master

Gardener booth for a couple of hours, please let me know.)

Saturday, April 14 - Work Day at the Park - 9 AM to 1 PM (Rain date is Saturday, April 21)

Friday, April 27 - Garden Fair Preperation at the Fairgrounds and moving plants to the Fairgrounds.

Saturday, April 28 - GARDEN FAIR - 9AM - 2 PM  --- Workers report at 7 AM (or so)

Please mark these dates on your calendars.

Thank you - and hope to see you soon.

My best,  Carolyn

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Annual Ky Herb Festival May 19th

Mark your calendars! Please share this information about the annual Ky Herb Festival!  The date is Saturday, May 19th, 9am-3pm, at Lakeview Park, Frankfort.  This would be of interest to Master Gardeners, Garden Clubs, and plant enthusiasts in general. It is a great show- they have herb-based foods, spreads; creams and salves and soaps; plants; books and lots of other offerings.
Here is their website: http://www.kyherb.com/   For more info or questions, contact the Ky Herb Association officers.

Corinne has reserved the van! Call her to save a space. This sounds like a lot of Herbish Fun!


Jon Carloftis at Wallitsch Nursery

To all - Just got this from Joan and wanted to pass it along.  Jon is a 
wonderful speaker with amazing ideas.  And if you have never been to Wallitsch 
Nursery and Garden Center, I certainly encourage you to take this opportunity.  
Wallitsch's is located at 2608 Hikes Lane in Louisville.  If you would like to 
go and are interested in car-pooling, please give me a call at 633-5193 or 
e-mail me.
I will find out from Joan how we can pre-order tickets.
My best,    Carolyn

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Joan Brown" <jfwb@insightbb.com>
To: "carolyn a brenner" <cbrenner@insightbb.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 4, 2012 7:41:55 PM
Subject: wallitsch garden center

      Carolyn,   On Sat. April 7,  6;30p-8;30p  Jon Carloftis will be 
presenting a program at Wallitsch (454-3553)  prepurchase tickets; $10.00,
at the door $15.00.  Did not know if any of the Master Gardener would be 
interested in hearing him talk.  Joan