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Get Green and Growing with gardening seminars

staff report • Feb 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

If your case of spring fever is getting worse, you can find a cure with an upcoming series of gardening seminars.

Keep Kingsport Beautiful’s Green and Growing lunchtime gardening seminars return March 7, 14 and 21.

Each hourlong seminar begins at noon in the Mead Auditorium of the Kingsport Public Library.

Admission is free.

The first session on March 7, features Christy Shivell presenting “Oh, Deer! A Gardener’s Guide to Outwitting Bambi.” Shivell, founder of Shy Valley Plant Farm, will share tips for gardening successfully despite a ravenous deer population.

On March 14, Roy Odom, gardening columnist for the Kingsport Times-News, will present “Selecting the Perfect Small Trees for Your Landscaping.” Odom, who holds a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture/landscape, will teach those in attendance how to add a small deciduous or evergreen tree to the patio, deck or entryway, creating an instant focal point. Cultivars, growth rates and growing requirements will be covered as well.

Concluding the series on March 21 will be “Establishing a Community Garden,” presented by Phil Ramey and Doug Hilton. Both men are Master Gardeners and have been instrumental in the development and continued success of the Harvest of Hope Community Garden in downtown Kingsport.

The Green and Growing series is presented by Keep Kingsport Beautiful, the Kingsport Public Library, the Southern Appalachian Plant Society, and Sullivan County Extension.

For more information, call 392-8814.

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