Gardening opportunities available for youth, adults

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Registration for the Braselton JMG class beginning this March is now available at the Braselton Library.

Students aged 8 through 13 are eligible to participate in this national program sponsored in Braselton by the Hall County Master Gardeners. With the theme of “growing good kids,” the JMG program provides education through class activities and hands-on gardening, with the intent of providing basic gardening skills to the young children.

After successfully completing two courses, the students are certified as Junior Master Gardeners.

The fee for newly registered students is $15 to cover the cost of the JMG student handbook. Students previously registered do not have to pay a fee, but must complete a new registration form. Registrations are due by March 1. Class size is limited, so register early.

Classes will be on scheduled Saturday mornings at the Braselton Library and Nannie’s Children’s Garden in downtown Braselton, beginning on March 9, and run from 10 a.m. until noon two Saturdays a month. Once school is out for the summer, classes will be on every Friday from 9 a.m. until noon through the end of July.

For additional information, contact Dave Rusk at dhrusk@msn.com

Beginner’s gardening class for adults begins March 7

A beginner’s gardening class for adults has been scheduled for Nannie’s Children’s Garden in downtown Braselton, beginning in March.

The class content will include topics such as soil preparation, seed germination and plant propagation, garden maintenance, container gardening, herb cultivation, and perennial and annual flower growing. The classes will be a combination of classes and hands-on gardening.

Classes will be held at Nannie’s Children’s Garden on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon each week beginning March 7, and concluding April 25.

There is a $15 participant fee for the class, and registration can be completed at the Braselton Library or by e-mailing Dave Rusk at dhrusk@msn.com. Class size is limited to 10 students. A second class will also be offered during May and June.

Nannie’s Children’s Garden is a community demonstration garden adjacent to the Braselton Library on Brassie Lane. Programs offered at the garden are sponsored by the Hall County Master Gardeners with the support of the Braselton West Jackson Library and Keep Jackson County Beautiful, Inc. The garden is maintained by adult volunteers as well as the students of the Braselton Junior Master Gardener program, and funded by grants and donations. A volunteer “gardening day” at Nannie’s Children’s Garden will be held every Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. beginning in March through May.