Green & Growing Gardening Seminars

Green & Growing Gardening Seminars at the Library

The Stone family working in their garden, 1950. Photo by David Peirce.

Green and Growing, a series of lunchtime gardening seminars, will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. on the first three Thursdays in March at the Kingsport Public Library Mead Auditorium.

In these free sessions, both beginners and experts alike will learn how to work with nature to create beautiful, healthy gardens.

This series is sponsored by Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Kingsport Public Library, Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), and Sullivan County Extension.

Mrs. Walter Phlegar, Mrs. Kenneth Keller, and Mrs. D.F. Ridings, Jr., tend to a garden, 1957. Photo by Bob Burgess.

The seminar topics are:

• March 3 “Notable Trees of Tennessee.”

Learn about these trees selected for their beauty, longevity and historical distinction from Tom Simpson, East Tennessee Regional urban forester, an ISA certified arborist, and Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s Landmark and Historic Tree Register chair. Simpson will share insights into their history and how we can ensure their continued preservation, as well as discussing the importance of urban forests, the benefits they provide and the threats they face.

• March 10 — “50 Years with Wildflowers.”

Tour the amazing East Tennessee garden of Betty and Neil Ottenfeld through the stunning photographs of Allen Duffield and learn how to plant and nurture these woodland treasures in your own landscape led by Master Gardener and wildflower enthusiast Joy Moore.

• March 17 — “Four Season Gardening.”

The Four Season Garden adds excitement and interest to gardening with flowers, foliage and vegetables. Learn how to push the seasons to gain a month of gardening time with Jeanne Cope, Tennessee Master Gardener and Kingsport Times-News gardening columnist.

Mrs. James C. White (center) from the Kingsport Garden Club, shows Mrs. Phillip Farnham (left) from the Little House and Garden Club, and Mrs. Carter Crymble from the Kingsport Junior Garden Club, the greenhouse flowers. The photo was taken by Frank Creasy in 1954 at a Garden Club Luncheon.

Bring a bag lunch and spend your noon break learning how to make your landscape greener. Each session will include free handouts with recommended plants for Northeast Tennessee and lists of books and Web sites for further reference.

For more information call Keep Kingsport Beautiful (423) 392-8814 or e-mail jnjmoore@embarq  mail.com.

Kenneth McDonald shows off his garden, 1957. McDonald was a contestant in a men only division of a local flower show. Photo by Bob Burgess.

***See the original article here from the Kingsport Times-News***

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2 thoughts on “Green & Growing Gardening Seminars

  1. I love these photographs! I wish there were more. The picture of the Stone family is so charming. I knew a lot of Stones in Kingsport. Can you tell me which family this is?

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