2022 Workshop Schedule – Open to the public

2022 Free Workshops, Athens (10 – 11 am)

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.

  • May 19:     
  • June 16:   
  • July 21:    

Getting Dirty at the Library

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:
Our monthly Lunch & Learn gatherings have been put on hold due to COVID-19. We will publish a new schedule when we are again able to assemble safely.


February things to do in your yard and garden


FRUITS AND NUTS- Planting season continues for dormant trees. Fertilize fruit trees. Apply half of the fertilizer recommended for grapes now; apply the other half soon after fruit sets. Continue dormant pruning and grafting. Start strawberry plantings.
SHRUBS- Planting season continues. Visit camellia shows to learn of hardy varieties in your area. Graft camellias in Central and South Alabama. Spray all shrubs with a fungicide before new growth starts. Good time to prune all shrubs before new growth starts. Do not prune early-blooming species because flower buds will be removed.
ROSES- Prune hybrid tea roses in South Alabama; delay pruning for a few weeks in North Alabama. Continue planting.
ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS- Replant early plantings of hardy annuals. Prepare beds for summer annuals.
BULBS- Plant cannas, amaryllis, gladiolus, and zephyranthes in South Alabama; delay planting for a few weeks in North Alabama.
VEGETABLE SEED- Plant some vegetables listed for January in Central Alabama plus collards, salsify, and Swiss chard. Add tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts to coldframes.
VEGETABLE PLANTS- Plant cabbage, onions, lettuce, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
•  Houseplants are beginning to show signs of activity.
•  Fertilize with liquid or soluble fertilizer according to manufacturers directions.
•  Visits to a greenhouse or botanical garden are great medicine for an early spring fever.
•  Check out the new spring gardening books at a local bookstore.
•  Have soil test performed on garden plot to determine nutrient needs. Contact the Limestone County Extension Office for assistance.
•  Tune up lawn mower and garden equipment before the busy season begins. Sharpen mower blades and pruners.
•  Check stored bulbs, tubers and corms. Discard any that are soft or diseased.
•  Prune summer-blooming shrubs, fruit trees, grapevines and berry bushes.
•  Gather branches of quince, forsythia, and flowering cherries; bring inside to force early bloom.
•  Make a cold frame or hotbed to start early vegetables or flowers.
•  Plan to add herbaceous perennial flowers to your flowering landscape this spring: astilbe, candytuft, peony, anemone.
•  Make plans for an herb bed, for cooking and for interest in the landscape: parsley, sage, chives, lavender; wait until mid-April to plant.
•  For natural pest control, include Companion Plants in your garden plans.
•  If the ground is dry enough, spade or roto-till cover crops or other organic matter into the soil.
•  Good time to plant fruit trees and deciduous shrubs.
•  Prune clematis, Virginia creeper, and other vining ornamentals.
•  Prune and trellis trailing berries and cane berries.
•  Trim Liriope edging back to ground level and it will grow back thicker in the spring.
•  Fertilize lawns.
•  Repair winter damage to trees and shrubs.
•  Check all five growing factors if your house plants are not growing well. Light, temperature, nutrients, moisture, and humidity must be favorable to provide good growth.

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. 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.