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Announcing the Blount County Master Gardener Gazette

We're excited to introduce our Fall newsletter!  For many of us our gardens are our sanctuaries where we collect ourselves. There is so much beauty to experience, and we feel a deep connection to the Earth as we dig in the soil; plant herbs, flowers and vegetables, pull up weeds and watch our plants grow. Autumn officially begins on September 23rd and we still have much to accomplish.  Click  Here …… and enjoy!

BCMG Speakers Bureau

Blount County Master Gardeners now have a Speakers Bureau to provide our community with research-based lawn and gardening information. The Speakers Bureau makes available knowledgeable member speakers on a wide variety of horticultural topics.  For more information and how you can schedule a speaker, click here.

Plant of the Month

October 2019

Sunflower, Willow Leaf (Helianthus salicifolius)

  • Type: Perennial
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Water: Dry to Medium
  • Soil: Well-drained, Moist
  • Height: 8-10 Feet
  • Width: 1-3 Feet
  • Divide Every 3 Years
  • Flower: Yellow, Brown Center
  • Bloom Time: September-November

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      New Book Release - Right Now!

      Right Now! Attracting Pollinators to East Tennessee Gardens

      ...and it's available RIGHT NOW  

      For information about the book and how to get a copy, click on the front cover picture.

      What We Do

      Certified Extension Master Gardeners are trained by University of Tennessee (UT) Extension Service professionals to provide sound, practical, research based information in the areas of residential and consumer horticulture.

      We strive to promote environmental stewardship and share the joys of gardening by:
      • Coordinating and managing gardening-related service projects;
      • Answering horticultural questions posed by community gardeners;
      • Helping to educate the public by holding gardening classes and plant clinics, and writing about gardening topics of interest to our community.
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      Upcoming Events

      Recent BCMG Activities

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      Blue Ribbon Country Fair - September 28, 2019

      The Blount County Master Gardeners hosted an information and children's crafts booth at the 2019 Blue Ribbon Country Fair at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. This year's theme was based on Charlotte's Web and featured a red barn backdrop for photos with Charlotte and Wilbur. Two crafts were offered to more than 70 children who colored spider webs or created their own with colorful yarn and plastic spiders. More than 100 people stopped by the information booth. Our day was filled with the sights and sounds of a true country fair including roosters crowing and pigs squealing!

      Raised Bed Gardens and Composting Class -  March 12

      Maryann Gerber and Bob Hollman gave a presentation on Raised Bed Gardens and Composting on March 12 at the Blount County Library. More than 60 people attended. Participation was excellent based on the numerous questions and comments. This course is one of several started by BCMG members to provide county residents with well-informed gardening information.

      Maryville College Groves Fruit Tree Planting - March 6-7, 2019

      BCMG members, led by Donna Dixon, assisted Professor Andrew Crain hands-on presentation on Fruit Tree Planting at the Maryville College Groves on 6 and 7 March. After a lecture on proper fruit tree planting by the professor, the students were divided into groups of two or three. One Master Gardener joined each group and assisted the students in planting the trees.

      New Seed Collection at the Blount County Public Library - March 1, 2019

      The 2019 BCMG Intern Class members sorted and cataloged seeds for the Blount County Public Library new Seed Collection. They also were on hand on March 1 in support of the Library's "Coffee and Conversation with John Coykendall"

      Maryville Grove Tree Pruning - February 6, 2019

      On a breezy day in early February, Blount County Master Gardeners partnered with Maryville College’s Dr. Drew Crane and his biology students for an afternoon of pruning in the upper fruit tree grove. Instruction and guidance was provided by John Wilson, UT Agriculture Extension Agent, and Dr. Crane regarding pruning techniques and shaping for best fruit production. Our thanks to Master Gardener, Donna Dixon, for coordinating the annual event.

      Project HOPE Article in The Daily Times - January 28, 2019

      One of our community projects, Project HOPE, recently received good publicity, and the project leader, Logan Hill, is looking forward to increased participation by both students and BCMGs this year.

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