Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Master Gardener Class Cancelled on January 16

Because of the snow and extreme cold on January 16, the Cabell County Master Gardener class on botany will not be held as scheduled.  Because this is a required class, it will be made up at at future date.  As you are aware, when Cabell County Schools close there will be no Master Gardener class that day.
If you would like to get a preview of the botany class please go to the information page for that class - Botany where you can watch the videos, download the handouts and take some practice quizzes.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bat Presentation - January 20 - 2 pm

The January 20 meeting of the Cabell County Master Gardener Association promises to be a special one.  Dr. Sheldon Owen, Wildlife Specialist for the WVU Extension Service will speak on bats in West Virginia.
The presentation will be on January 20, 2018 at 2 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Enslow Park Presbyterian Church in Huntington.  Directions to the church can be found by clicking the link above. The public is warmly invited.
There will be a brief business meeting following Dr. Owen's presentation.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2018 Master Gardener Class Forming

Do you love gardening and sharing your experience with others? Even if you are not a Cabell County resident, you can become a Master Gardener through the Cabell County Master Gardener Association classes that are beginning soon.

Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by agents of the WVU Cooperative Extension Service and local experts to provide practical home and garden education. They answer questions at the WSAZ Home & Garden Show, volunteer at horticultural events like Huntington in Bloom, and help manage school and community gardens.

The 2018 Master Gardener classes begin on Tuesday, January 9 th , at Enslow Park Presbyterian Church in Huntington, WV. Classes are from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. each Tuesday through May 15 th . Class size is limited.

The Master Gardener class consists of 16 weeks of classroom work and hands-on activities. Instructors provide an overview of major horticultural topics, environmentally sound gardening practices, food safety, and issues affecting West Virginia residents and homeowners. Class topics include insect management, container gardening, soils and fertilizers, composting, organic gardening, and many others.

Upon completion of classroom work, graduates volunteer 40 hours on designated projects to complete the requirements for earning the Master Gardener title.  A fee of $110 must be paid at the start of class. This fee will cover the comprehensive West Virginia Master Gardener Handbook, handouts, name badge, and other supplies.

For more information or to register for the class, call Pauline Tiller at the WVU Extension Service - Cabell County at (304) 526-8458, or you can also sign up for the classes using the online form.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Putnam County Master Gardeners to Conduct 2018 Fruit Tree Fundraiser

The Putnam County Master Gardeners are conducting a Fruit Tree Fundraiser during the months of December and January.  The public is invited to place their order for trees from Adams County Nursery, Inc. in PA with a bulk order placed by the local Master Gardener association.  Pending on the total number of trees that the group orders, typical savings per tree (when ordering 100 trees or more) are $18/tree for apple and pear varieties and approximately $17/tree for peach, plum and cherry trees.  Two yeqrs ago, we ordered 150 trees and trees averaged $12 -$15 per tree.  Orders and payments must be received by January 30th.  Price breaks, premium charges, disease resistant varieties, rootstocks and pollination considerations are located at the company’s website (http://www.acnursery.com/acn_trees.php).  A limited number of catalogues are available at the WVU Putnam County Extension Office.  A donation to the Putnam County Master Gardeners of ($2) per tree, depending on the number of trees ordered, will be collected for each tree order.  To place an order or for further questions, call the Kari Wilger at 304-767-5583 or email her at wilgerkari@gmail.com. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 CCMGA Winter Party - December 2 - Boyd County Extension Office

The CCMGA Winter Party will be held on December 3 at the Boyd County Extension Office. We will caravan or car pool leaving Enslow Park Presbyterian Church at 10:15 am. If you are planning to drive, you can find the Boyd County Extension Office at 2420 Center Street, Catlettsburg KY. The festivities begin at 11 am, Ham will be provided but members are asked to bring a side or dessert to share. Please give Jane Wilson a call or email (jackjanewilson@gmail.com or 304-416-1840)  to let her know how many will be coming, what side dish you plan to bring and whether you wish to make one or more wreaths. CCMGA members can bring one adult guest if desired.

Our host, Lori Bowling will be doing the education segment of our meeting showing us how to make beautiful wreaths that are suitable for holiday displays and make great gifts. Members and guests can make wreaths for $15 each.

Please remember that dues ($16) can now be paid for 2018. You can give your dues to Treasurer, Tom Bell at the December 2 meeting or mail the dues to:

PO Box 7661
Huntington, WV 25578-7661

Directions to the Boyd County Extension Office
Take Interstate 64 westbound to Exit 191 which is the first exit after crossing into Kentucky.  Take Route 23 northbound for about 8.6 miles passing under the underpass to the right to Catlettsburg. At the "Y" in the road take a right turn followed by an immediate left onto Center Street.  Follow Center Street for 2.8 miles to the corner with 25th Street.  The Boyd County Extension Office will be on the left across from Neal Funeral Home.  If you pass the Grandview Manor high rise you have gone too far.  Plenty of parking is available in the Extension Office lot.  The drive from Enslow Park Presbyterian Church should take less than 30 minutes.
Directions to the Boyd County Extension Office are available through Google Maps with the link below:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Garden Based Learning - Dr. Chuck Talbott

At the October 10 meeting of CCMGA, the group was pleased to have Putnam County Extension Agent, Dr. Chuck Talbott, present an overview of his initiative on Garden Based Learning for schools.  His projects have been very successful in improving student engagement, interest and overall achievement among students in several Putnam County elementary schools. 
Dr. Talbott has become very knowledgeable in procedures and practices that make school gardens a success.  Through the implementation of garden based learning in Putnam County, Dr. Talbott has learned what works and what to avoid.  His knowledge and experience can serve as a great guide for schools or informal educators looking to bring gardening to the educational program.
Dr. Talbott has generously allowed our organization to make his resources available on our website.  The link below will connect you to the presentations, handouts, guidelines, signs and other materials that he has developed or gathered over the years of supporting school gardens.

Garden Based Learning - Dr. Chuck Talbott

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Volunteer Opportunity

Huntington in Bloom will be planting and decorating for fall on Tuesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 28 from 5 pm until 8 pm.
Meet at the shelter at Pullman Square both days.at 5 pm.  This counts as volunteer service time including the time for when you leave home until the time you return.