Successful Gardener Education Program 5/4/2017

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Join the Union County Extension Master Gardeners for their monthly Successful Gardener educational program this Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Union County Agriculture Center. The program will be a walk and talk through the Master Gardener Teaching Garden and Heritage Trail. The leaders of the Teaching Garden & Heritage Trail are Tracy Brown, Barb Apelian, Mary Sipe, and Carol Larrimore. They will lead us through the garden with each discussing the plants in specific areas of the garden as well as providing some history of the evolution of the garden.

The Teaching Garden has three areas – the Cottage Garden, the Woodland Garden, and the Heritage Trail. Each is distinctively different. The Cottage Garden is located in full sun and includes ornamental shrubs, perennials, a medicinal bed, and a bed with vegetables. There are also a few fruit trees in full sun along the front edge of the Teaching Garden. The Woodland Garden showcases plants that tolerate dry shade once established and is a cool respite on a hot sunny day. It includes an Arbor for sitting to view the garden, a children’s fairy garden, and an excellent example of a technique to slow water to prevent soil erosion. The Heritage Trail is a work in progress and will eventually traverse through the wooded area beyond the Woodland Garden as a loop trail about 1 mile long. It features plants native to the North Carolina Piedmont. Boy Scouts and several Eagle Scout projects have helped to develop the Heritage Trail with trail and bridge building. The plan is to one day be an offshoot connected to the Carolina Thread Trail.

Come out and learn about this public garden. You will see plants that grow well in the NC Piedmont. The Teaching Garden is free to visit and is open dawn to dusk 365 days a year.