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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Lawn Care for Spring and Summer
Wednesday, March 8, 7-8:30pm
Alpharetta Engineering/Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Road, Alpharetta GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: Lawn Care For Spring and Summer registration or call (678)297-6200.

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 free class will cover: the difference between cool-season and warm-season grasses and what they require; value of 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 classes is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta NaturalResources Commission.

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Vegetable Gardening - the Basics
Wednesday, March 15, 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: Vegetable Gardening registration or call (678)297-6200.

We will discuss the steps you need to perform to be successful.  It will cover: soil preparation; seasonal planting; planning; mulching, weed control, fertilizing and pest control. Whether you are new to growing vegetables or are interested in learning how to increase your garden’s bounty, this class is for you.

This classes is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta NaturalResources Commission.

Introduction to Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, April 1, 9-10:30am
Whole Kids Foundation Educational Gardern (formerly Harry's Market), 1180 Upper Hembree Road, Roswell GA 30076

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: Sustainable Vegetable Gardening registration or call (678)297-6200.

Sustainable gardening is creating an environment where desirable plants and insects coexist.  It involves: enriching and feeding the soil, not simply the plant; fostering healthy plants that resist pests; encouraging diversity by using and allowing natural processes; deterring harmful insects and diseases. This class will explain how to do this, while eliminating/minimizing chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

This classes is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta NaturalResources Commission.

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Establishing and Growing Perennials (Program #52020-04)
Wednesday, April 19, 7-8:30pm
Alpharetta Engineering/Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Road, Alpharetta GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: Establishing and Growing Perennials registration or call (678)297-6200.

Perennials add year-after-year color and form to your gardens, whether you have sun, shade or a mixture of both.  This free class will cover getting started, as well as tips and techniques to help your perennials prosper for years to come, including: soil preparation; planting and dividing; mulching, watering, fertilizing and weed control; selecting perennials and easily grown varieties.

This classes is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta NaturalResources Commission.

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Container Gardening (Program #52020-5A)
Wednesday, May 3, 7-8:30pm
Alpharetta Engineering/Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Road, Alpharetta GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: Container Gardening registration or call (678)297-6200.

A popular class.  Containers with plants contribute additional color, form, texture and variety to our landscape. With seasonal changes, they can also be used throughout the year.  Participants will learn how to choose containers, understand soil requirements and regular care, and selecting and arranging plants. A demonstration container planting will be created. 

This classes is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta NaturalResources Commission.

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Maintaining and Pruning Shrubs and Roses (Program 52020-5B)
Wednesday, May 17, 7-8:30pm
Mansell House, 1835 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta GA 30009

To Register: Online at Eventbrite: Shrubs and Roses registration or call (678)297-6200.

While many of your shrubs may have already flowered (and others, like roses, will bloom later), they all need to be prepared for Atlanta’s summer heat and possible lack of rain.  If they 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: evaluating how your shrubs are doing; mulching, weed control, watering, fertilizing and pest control; pruning (where, when and how) to achieve your objective.

This classes is hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta NaturalResources Commission.