Community Classes - Alpharetta

The UGA Extension in Fulton County and North Fulton Master Gardeners conduct classes to provide up-to-date horticultural programs to the community. The following classes are offered in Alpharetta.

All workshops are free and open to the public.

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Fall Vegetable Gardening
Wednesday, August 23, 7-8:30pm
Cost: FREE
Alpharetta Engineering/Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Road, Alpharetta, GA 3009

To Register: Please call (678) 297-6200 or register online at Eventbrite.

Our extended growing season allows us to take advantage of three seasons of vegetable gardening.  If you already have a garden, you can extend its productivity. If you are just beginning, you can learn how to get started without working in the heat of summer.  Autumn’s mild temperatures create perfect growing conditions for cool-season crops, such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli and carrots.  This free workshop will cover:

  • Summer vs fall-season crops
  • Sustainable gardening techniques
  • Direct seeding and transplanting
  • Mulching, weed control and watering
  • Frost protection
  • Preparing the garden for winter

This workshop is hosted by The Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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Lawn Care for Fall and Winter
Wednesday, September 6, 7-8:30pm
Cost: FREE
Alpharetta Engineering/Public Works Dept., 1790 Hembree Road, Alpharetta, 30009

To Register: Please call (678) 297-6200, or register on-line at Eventbrite.

To have a beautiful lawn next year, you need to start now, in the fall. Early fall is the only effective time of year to reseed or plant cool-season grass (tall fescue). If you have a warm-season grass (e.g. Bermuda, Zoysia), you need to take steps to prevent winter weed grasses from taking over. This class will cover:

  • Warm-season vs cool-season grasses,
  •  Importance of soil testing and adjusting pH
  • Fall/winter activities for each type of grass (fertilizing, watering and weed prevention).

This classes is hosted by the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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Shade Gardening
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00-8:30pm
Cost: Free
Mansell House, 1835 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 30009

To Register: Please call (678) 297-6200, or register on-line at Eventbrite.

As your trees mature, you may find more of your property is shaded and some of your plants and lawn may not be doing as well. This class will explain the different types of shade (partial, full and dry) and how to successfully work with each. We will then discuss the various types of trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers you should consider.

This workshop is hosted by the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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Composting
Saturday, October 7, 9-10:30 am
Cost: FREE
Whole Foods Educational Garden, 1180 Hembree Road, Roswell (former Harry's Market)

To Register: Please call (678) 297-6200, or register on-line at Eventbrite.

Compost consists of partially decomposed organic matter that is essential for healthy soil, but is normally missing in our red clay. Learn how you can create your own compost from commonly available materials. This class will cover the major steps involved, required ingredients, hot vs cold composting, various methods you can use and additional considerations. The Alpharetta class will be held at the Whole Foods Educational Garden, where we will demonstrate some of the practical methods for homeowners.

This workshop is hosted by the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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Fall in Georgia - the Best Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs
Wednesday, October 18, 7-8:30pm
Cost: Free
Alpharetta Engineering/Public Works Dept., 1790 Hembree Road, Alpharetta, 30009

To Register: Please call (678) 297-6200, or register on-line at Eventbrite.

While many of us get energized to improve our yards and gardens in the spring, fall is the best time in Georgia to plant shrubs and trees. Most shrubs and trees will do better when they have the opportunity to get established over the winter. This workshop will cover:

  • Planting trees
  • Preparing soil for shrubs and ornamentals
  • Selecting shrubs for desired location
  • Planting/moving shrubs
  • Mulching, watering and fertilizing

This workshop is hosted by the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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Bulbs
Wednesday, November 1, 7-8:30pm
Cost: FREE
Alpharetta Engineering/Public Works Dept., 1790 Hembree Road, Alpharetta, 30009

To Register: Please call (678) 297-6200, or register on-line at Eventbrite.

Early spring-flowering bulbs add color and interest after the long winter. November and December are the best times to plant daffodils in Georgia. We will discuss bed preparation, the importance of drainage, planting and maintenance. While we will concentrate on daffodils, we will also cover other bulbs that should be planted in spring and summer for additional interest.

This class is hosted by the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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Growing Fruit In Georgia
Wednesday, November 8, 7-8:30pm
Cost: Free
Alpharetta Engineering/Public Works Dept., 1790 Hembree Road, Alpharetta, 30009

To Register: Please call (678) 297-6200, or register on-line at Eventbrite.

This is the best time of year to plant fruit trees and shrubs. Their roots can start getting established over the winter, enabling the plants to grow more in the spring and possibly produce. This class will cover fruit trees (apple, peach, cherry, pear, fig), brambles (raspberry, blackberry), blueberries, strawberries, and grapes. We will talk about selection, planting, pruning, disease and pest control, and harvesting.

This class is hosted by the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.