Community Classes - Alpharetta

The North Fulton Master Gardeners in partnership with the UGA Cooperative Extension in Fulton County are conducting a series of free classes to provide up-to-date horticultural programs to the community. The following classes are offered in Alpharetta.

All classes are free and open to the public.

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Maintaining and Pruning Shrubs and Roses
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 7-8:30pm
Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Rd,
Alpharetta, GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: Shrubs and Roses registration or call (678)297-6213.

Homeowners will soon begin pruning and fertilizing roses and shrubs to be prepared for our summer heat and possible lack of rain. If plants have grown too large for their location, they may need to be pruned at the right time and done the right way. This class will cover the when, where and how and provide a hands-on demonstration on how to prune. And, it will provide a review of mulcing, weed control, watering fertilzing, and pest control for spring and summer.

This class is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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Lawn Care for Spring and Summer
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 7-8:30pm
Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Rd,
Alpharetta, GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: Lawn Care For Spring and Summer or call (678)297-6213.

February is the ideal time to plan to treat your lawn turf - before weeds germinate. Beautiful, healthy lawns require more than simply mowing and fertilizing. Cool-season and warm-season grasses require similar activities, but at different times, to be effective. This class will cover: how cool and warm-season grasses differ and what they require: soil testing, fertilizing, weed control, aerating and watering. Even if someone else takes care of your lawn, this seminar will enable you to work with your lawn service more effectively

This class is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

Growing Fruit in Georgia
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10-11:30 am
Bulloch Hall - Osage Room, 180 Bulloch Ave, Roswell, GA

To Register: Growing Fruit in Georgia registration. Please note this location does have limited seating so sign up early.

Melissa Mattee, the Fulton County Agriculture and Resource Agent for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, will talk about fruit trees (apple, peach, pear, fig) brambles (raspberry, blackberry), blueberries, strawberries, and grapes. She will cover selection, planting, pruning, disease prevention and harvesting. After the lecture in the Osage Room, participants are invited to join her and Master Gardeners in the adjoining Bulloch Orchard for a hands-on demonstration of pruning apple and peach trees and grape vines.

This class is hosted by Bulloch Hall and the North Fulton Master Gardeners.

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Good Soil and Composting
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 7-8:30pm
Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza (about a block and a half from Hwy 9 and Academy St.), Alpharetta GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: Good Soil and Composting or call (678)297-6213.

This class is the foundation for our Spring classes on growing and maintaining vegetables, perennials, shrubs and roses. It provides an understanding of the science of soil and how to improve your soil emphasizing sustainable methods. It will cover the use of compost and mulch to improve and protect your soil.

This class is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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The Fragrant Garden (52020)
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 7-8:30pm
Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Rd,
Alpharetta, GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: The Fragrant Garden or call (678)297-6213.

Learn the secrets of creating enchanting fragrance in your garden. This new class identifies fragrant plants for each season to add a new dimension to your garden. Learn about container plants as well as annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines and roses. Fragrances attract pollinators, too.

This class is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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The Basics of Vegetable Gardening
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7-8:30pm
Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza (about a block and a half from Hwy 9 and Academy St.), Alpharetta GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: The Basics of Vegetable Gardening or call (678)297-6213.

Get a jump on summer vegetable gardening. Whether you are new to growing vegetables or are interested in learning how to increase your garden’s bounty, this class is for you. It will cover planning your garden, sustainable (organic) garden practices, spring vegetables, herbs, as well as, mulching, weed control, fertilizing and pest control. Learn from a lifelong gardener.

This class is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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Hydrangeas - How to Plant, Grow and Prune
Wednesday April 1, 2020 7-8:30pm
Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Rd,
Alpharetta, GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: Hydrangeas - How to Plant, Grow and Prune or call (678)297-6213.

Hydrangeas are one of the most poplular shrubs in North Fulton where they flourish in many landscapes blooming in shades of blue, purple, pink and white. This class will cover how to select the right ones for your landscape, how to plant them and how to maintain them. There will be a hands-on demonstration on how to prune them to optimize blooming.

This class is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.

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Establishing and Growing Perennials
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 7-8:30pm
Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Rd,
Alpharetta, GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: Establishing and Growing Perennials registration or call (678)297-6213.

Perennials add year-after-year color and form to your gardens, whether you have sun, shade or a mixture of both.  This class will cover getting started, selecting perennials including easily grown varieties and good pollinator plants. Learn tips and techniques to help your perennials prosper for years to come including soil preparation, planting and dividing, mulching, watering, fertilizing and weed control. The class will show perennials you may like to consider and some invasive ones you may want to avoid.

This class is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.