Library to present monthly gardening lectures | Local News – News Courier

It may not feel like spring yet, but gardeners across North Alabama are already planning for the coming season.

To that end, the Athens-Limestone County Public Library is joining with the Limestone County office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to host a lecture series. Dubbed “Gettin’ Dirty at the Library,” the free talks will be held from 11 a.m. to noon the second Tuesday of each month. No registration is required.

Presentations will cover a wide variety of gardening topics and will be presented by a rotating host of speakers. Most of the speakers will be from the Extension System or the Limestone County Master Gardeners.

The first talk, featuring Extension Coordinator Chris Becker, is set for Tuesday.

“This is our third year hosting ‘Gettin’ Dirty at the Library,’” said Kristopher Reisz, the library’s head of adult events. “The speakers from the Extension System have so much expertise, there’s something for every gardener to learn.”

In addition to the talks, the Limestone County Master Gardeners are at the library every Tuesday and the first Saturday of each month to answer gardening-related questions.

Scheduled topics:

• Feb. 12: “Invasive Plants of North Alabama,” presented by Chris Becker;

• March 12: “Herb and Vegetable Companions,” presented by Jay Moorer;

• April 9: “Preserving the Harvest,” presented by Susan Hill;

• May 14: “Integrated Pest Management,” presented by Chris Becker;

• June 11: “Backyard Fruits and Nuts,” presented by Doug Chapman;

• July 9: “Availability and Movement of Groundwater in North Alabama,” presented by Bob Baker;

• Aug. 13: “Pollinators and Beneficials,” presented by Taylor Reeder;

• Sept. 10: “Easy Landscaping With Wildflowers,” presented by Karen Malone;

• Oct. 8: “12 Jars of Holidays,” presented by Susan Hill; and

• Nov. 12: “Creating Holiday Wreaths,” presented by Verona Walton.

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