2023 Workshop Schedule – Open to the public

2023 Free Workshops

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops will  be held at the Limestone County Extension Office (Suite C) from 10:00 to 11:00 am. The Extension Office is located in the gray building in the southeast corner of Market and Hine Streets, across from the Athens Post Office. The address is 1109 W Market Street.

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Getting Dirty at the Library in 2023

Join us this spring and summer for a monthly lunch & learn. Beginning in March 11:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Athens-Limestone Public Library, 603 S Jefferson St, Athens, AL.

Mark your calendar for these informative topics:
2/14/23     Value of Curb Appeal – Chris McNatt

3/14/23     Birding: Getting Started & Getting Better – Emily Clem

4/11/23     Invasive Plants & Their Mitigation – Harvey Cotten

5/9/23      Native Food Forests – Kerry Steedley

(Summer Vacation Break)

7/11/23     Growing Shiitake Mushrooms – Rhonda Britton

8/8/23      Native Plants That Grow Well in North Alabama – Soozi Pline

9/12/23     Global Worming – Greg Allison

10/10/23    Tower Garden Hydroponics & DIY Designs – Chris Becker

We’re Looking For a Few Good Yards!

Limestone County Master Gardeners are accepting nominations for the “YARD OF THE MONTH”!!  If you know of a gardener whose yard is exceptional and would like to have them recognized, please provide the information below to Linda Coons at lindacoons@bellsouth.net.  
If possible, provide a picture of the yard.
Address of nominated yard:________________________________________________________
Resident’s Name:__________________________________________________________________
Resident’s Phone Number:__________________________________________________________

Athens Post Office Planters

LCMGA Project - Planters at Athens Post Office 2016-1
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.

Athens Visitors’ Center Demonstration Garden

LCMGA Project - Demonstration Garden at Athens Visitors' Center 2016-2
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.

Ask a Master Gardener


Master Gardeners at 2016 Athens Limestone Home and Garden Show
Master Gardeners at 2016 Athens Limestone Home and Garden Show

Time and Location: 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.

Master Gardener Training Course

Alabama Master Gardener training is coordinated and conducted by Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Typically two courses are held per year, January-April and August-November. Each course consists of an Orientation meeting and 12 weekly classes. A detailed schedule and syllabus are passed out at the orientation. More information may be found at Alabama MG Program and Master Gardener FAQ . The application form may be found under the Master Gardener Application link in the left sidebar menu.