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Library Garden Winter Series Kicks Off Jan. 15

Salvia is one of the seven plants that will be discussed during the kick off of the Library Garden Winter Series at Dare County Libraries. Photo: Havier Martin

Need a little help planning your spring garden?

North Carolina State Extension’s Dare County Master Gardeners is hosting a Library Garden Winter Series at the Dare County Libraries in Kill Devil Hills and Manteo, according to an announcement from Dare County Libraries.

The hourlong programs begin at 11 a.m. Wednesdays and will alternate between the Kill Devil Hills and Manteo libraries. Interested green thumbs can attend one or all of the programs. The free presentations are being provided by the Dare County Master Gardeners Speaker’s Bureau. Reservations are not required.

The master gardeners will kick off the 2020 Garden Series Jan. 15 at the Kill Devil Hills library with Plants that Survive & Thrive on the Outer Banks. The master gardeners will focus on the following seven plants that have done well in the tough conditions of the Outer Banks: ice plant, salvia, coral honeysuckle, American holly, camellia and red bud. This program will also be presented Feb. 19 at the Manteo Library.

Integrated Pest Management is a new program that will be introduced at the Manteo Library Jan. 22 that help gardeners formulate a pest-management plan for weeds and insects in landscapes and gardens.

Another new program, Native Plants for 4 Seasons, will be presented Jan. 29 at the Kill Devil Hills Library. Master gardeners will talk about plants that are well adapted to the climate, weather conditions, soil types and other factors affecting gardening.

A presentation on Herbs is Feb. 12 at Kill Devil Hills Library will provide information on growing and using herbs to enhance your garden and food preparation.

During the Container Gardening program Feb. 26 at Kill Devil Hills, attendees will learn the basics for growing vegetables and flowers in containers, and learn about types of containers, preparing pots and soil mixtures as well as ideas for decorating landscapes with containers.

New to the library series is a presentation March 11 at the Kill Devil Hills Library on Orchids. Learn which orchids are best for the home gardener as well as their care and requirements.

Color without Flowers: Foliage Takes the Stage is March 18 at the Manteo Library and will show how to use foliage plants in landscaping.

The 2020 Garden Series will wrap up with Irrigation for Container Gardening March 25 at the Kill Devil Hills Library to help attendees find ways to spend less time watering.

For more information, call the Dare County Library in Kill Devil Hills at 441-4331, the Manteo Library at 473-2372, or stop by the library to pick up a program brochure.

Learn more about the program and Dare County Master Gardeners on Dare County’s North Carolina State Extension website.

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