Our schedule of Workshops has been reduced due to COVID-19. As we are able to develop and schedule new classes we will update this page.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, provide a picture of the yard.
Address of nominated yard:________________________________________________________
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.
Master Gardener interns who took the MG course in 2020 and did their intern service hours over the course of the past year have completed the program and became certified Alabama Master Gardeners. Our newest Limestone County Master Gardeners are:
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.
LCMG hosts a plant sale each spring typically on the third weekend in April. The sale will be at our greenhouse located behind the Athens Middle School on Highway 31 near the Hobbs Street intersection.
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. Because of the shorter days and cooler temps, the January-April class is usually a daytime class, 9:00am – 1:00pm. The summer heat makes it more comfortable to have the August-November class in the evening, 5:00pm – 9:00pm. A detailed schedule and syllabus are passed out at the orientation. The cost is $150.00. 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.