Keyhole vegetable garden at Athens Farmers Market.
Time: The growing season, spring through fall each year. Location: Athens Farmers Market, 409 W Green Street in Athens. Goal: To add interest to the Farmers Market and raise vegetables for LCCI. About the Project: Keep Athens Limestone Beautiful (KALB) volunteers built the raised beds at the Farmers Market. In 2016, three LCMG master gardeners and interns assumed responsibility for the two keyhole raised beds. How you can help: Help with planting, weeding, mulching and watering.
Time: The growing season, spring through fall each year. Location: Athens-Limestone Senior Center, 912 W. Pryor Street in Athens. Goal: To demonstrate that different types of plants can be grown together. How you can help: Help with planting, weeding, mulching and watering.
Goal: To enhance the cityscape and demonstrate our pride in the Athens-Limestone community. What we do at the post office : Master Gardener volunteers plant, water, weed, and maintain the planters in front of the post office. Time: Throughout the growing season. Location: Athens Post Office. How you can help: Planting, mulching, weeding and watering, and general maintenance.
Time: The growing season, spring through fall each year. Location: Athens-Limestone Visitors Center, Big Springs Park, 100 N Beaty Street, Athens. Goal: To demonstrate that different types of plants can be grown together. About the Project: LCMG volunteers built raised bed planters beside the visitors center, and each year plant them with flowers, vegetables and herbs. The beds show that different types of plants can be grown together in a small space. How you can help: Help with planting, weeding, mulching and watering. How this Project benefits the Community: Adds to beauty of Big Springs Park and demonstrates ideas for people with small garden spaces.
Time andLocation: Community events around Athens and Limestone County. Goal: Assist the public with their gardening questions What we do: Master Gardeners support community events such as the Athens Limestone Home and Garden Show. We answer people’s questions about gardening and help them find the information they need from ACES resources. We also spread the word about the Alabama Master Gardener program. How you can help: Be available to represent Master Gardeners at community events. How this Project benefits the Community: Educate and assist the community with gardening information.
Goal: This project has two primary objectives. First and foremost is to provide useful information for the home gardeners of Limestone County. Additionally, our website serves to inform Limestone County Master Gardeners about events, volunteer activities, and continuing education opportunities.
Time: Updates periodically.
History: Our website began in the spring of 2003 as a simple, single page with the purpose of providing a way to more efficiently disseminate information to all of our members. In late 2015, the original website migrated to the current mg.aces.edu/limestone site.
What we do at the website: Receive information from the LCMG members about events and work days and post it to the website.
How you can help: Write articles, take pictures, prepare written material and photographs for uploading.
Time: The annual Spring Plant Sale is usually scheduled for the third Saturday in April. The sale starts at 8:00 A.M. and lasts until sold out. Location: The LCMG Greenhouse located behind Athens Middle School at Highway 31 and Hobbs Street. Goal: To raise the funds needed to support our many projects and provide the community an opportunity to obtain healthy plants adapted to the local area. What we do at the Plant Sale: We grow many of the plants in our greenhouse and MGs offer plants from dividing their our plants either in the fall or early spring. Other plants are donated by several local nurseries and businesses. We also assist anyone who has plants to donate but may need help digging and transporting them. How you can help: Divide and donate plants from your yard or greenhouse. Be available to help others dig up donated plants. Be there for the sale to help carry and load plants. How this Project benefits the Community: We offer quality plants along with advice on planting and care.