Extension Service Offers Gardening Workshop Series


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Communications Specialist




Community & adaptive gardening workshop series launching March 14

INSTITUTE, WV – West Virginia State University Extension Service is launching a five-part workshop series that will cover all aspects of designing, implementing and maintaining community and adaptive gardens. The series will start on March 14th with “Site Selection and Preparation.” Workshops will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston.

            “This style of gardening is a fantastic way to foster a sense of community,” says Melissa Stewart, Extension Specialist for Agriculture & Natural Resources, who has spearheaded successful community garden sites throughout Kanawha and Cabell counties, including the Carroll Terrace Community Garden in Charleston.

            The workshops will run through May with the following topics scheduled:

  • Site Selection and Preparation – March 14
  • Garden Design and Plant Spacing – March 28
  • Plant Selection and Growing Techniques – April 11
  • Raised Beds and Container Gardening – April 25
  • Insect and Disease Management – May 9

            “We’ll begin at the beginning with how to choose an appropriate site,” says Stewart, “then progress through the design process and move toward how to successfully sustain the garden long-term.”

            The series is incorporating an adaptive gardening component for individuals working with physically or mentally challenged audiences.

            The workshop series is made possible through a grant from the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Division of Healthy Lifestyles. There is no cost to attend the workshops, but registration is required by calling 304-766-4288 or e-mailing extension@wvstateu.edu.

            Rock Lake Community Life Center is located at the former Rock Lake Park location, 801 Lincoln Drive in South Charleston.


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