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Hill Country Master Gardeners present gardening series

Special to the Courier

Learn the basics of Hill Country gardening with a series of classes open to the public and hosted by the Hill Country Master Gardeners.

If you are new to gardening, or new to gardening in the Hill Country, a series of classes presented by Hill Country Master Gardeners starting this month may just be the answer to your questions. The series of classes will be held once every two weeks starting Thursday, Jan. 15. Each class will be held from 1-3 pm at Kerr County AgriLife Extension Office, 3655 Hwy 27, Kerrville.
"The Myth of Planting Trees" is the first class. Anne Brown will demonstrate the proper way to plant a tree, whether a fruit tree or an ornamental. Many trees fail due to improper planting, pruning, and/or feeding.
"Growing Roses in the Hill Country" will be the topic of the Jan. 29 class. What kind of roses to plant in this area and how to care for them will be covered.
"Basic Gardening 101" will be offered on Feb. 12, 26, and March 12. Chris Seifert and Pat McCormick will teach composting and how to set up drip irrigation on Feb. 12. Jackie Skinner will be conducting a landscaping and design class with native and adapted plants on Feb. 26. Allen Mace will discuss year-round vegetable gardening on March 12.
Each class costs $15 to attend. The whole series of five classes is $60. If you just want to take the " Basic Gardening 101" series, the fee is $40. Registration deadline is Jan. 12.
If you have questions, email the Education Chairman, Deborah Hill Russell at or call 830-889-0776. Please send your check, made out to Hill Country Master Gardeners, along with your name, email or phone number and what classes you are registering for to Deborah Hill Russell, 107 Itz Ranch Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
Hill Country Master Gardeners is a service organization helping the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service meet the horticulture needs of the community.