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April's Gardening in the Mountains Free Classes

Gardening is a great way to stimulate your mind and stay physically healthy. Spring is right around the corner and there’s no better time to plant the seeds for good habits, fresh food, and community interaction. If you can dig what we are putting down, then the Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteers would like to invite you to some free, upcoming events. Check out the details below:

Gardening in the Mountains presents:

Summer Vegetable Gardening

Thursday, April 11, 2019
10 a.m.-noon

NC Cooperative Extension
Buncombe County Center
49 Mount Carmel Road
Asheville, North Carolina

Presenter: Donna Sapp, Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer

One of the joys of summer is all the fresh vegetables we look forward to consuming at this time of year. Whether it be red luscious tomatoes, beautiful summer squash, or crisp fresh lettuce, you can grow these and other vegetables right in your own backyard.

Learn how with Master Gardener Donna Sapp. Donna will cover the basics and the specifics of starting and growing those wonderful summer vegetables. Come join the fun.

The talk is free but registration is requested by calling 828-255-5522.

Growing Roses in Containers

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
1-3 p.m.

NC Cooperative Extension
Buncombe County Center
49 Mt Carmel Road
Asheville, North Carolina

Presenters: Judy Deutsch, Extension Master Gardener VolunteerSM and Consulting Rosarian, along with John Smith and Jim Wilson, Consulting Rosarians

Is growing a rose in a container different from growing a rose in the ground? What roses are best for containers? How do you care for them? What kind of potting soil should be used? What is potting soil made of? Are all potting soils the same? How do you choose the right one?

Come and find out the answers to these and other questions. While the talk focuses on roses, the principles apply to other ornamental shrubs and flowers in the garden.

This talk is free, but seating is limited and registration is required by calling 828-255-5522.

Questions about Gardening?

Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteers of Buncombe County are ready to answer your gardening questions. The Garden Helpline is open now open Mondays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., during the gardening season—March through September. 

Call (828) 255-5522 or visit the Extension office at the location shown below. If you bring a plant sample to the office, please be sure it is large enough for plant identification. You can also email your questions and plant photos to

About the Master GardenersSM

The Buncombe County Master Gardeners are community volunteers who support and engage in projects and activities that will enhance the quality of life for Buncombe County residents. Members in the Master Gardeners programs are citizens of the local community who not only take an active interest in their own lawns, trees and gardens, but also strive to promote sound horticultural practices in the community. Members receive invaluable training and continuing opportunities for education, then share their horticultural expertise through a wide variety of projects benefiting Buncombe County residents and organizations.

The Extension Master Gardener program allows the local Extension to extend education to an ever increasing gardening audience. It also provide a highly visible way to meet the public demand for information and to develop a strong support group.