Presented by the Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association, these Saturday, open-air classes at the gazebo in Heritage Park, Port Royal, adjacent to the farmers market, are free, just bring a folding chair. Classes begin at 11:30 a.m.
• July 7: This Saturday’s Lunch and Learn class will feature Alice Massey, who will show how to make more plants with the plants we have. You’ll be really interested in “air layering” and “root pruning” and much more. Alice will also have seeds to distribute of the plant that was the sensation of the Farmer’s Market last year and one lucky attendee will go home with a full grown plant that could bear fruit this year!
• July 14: Stop being a slave to the watering can! Yes, you can have beautiful hanging baskets and containers in the Lowcountry. Drip irrigation isn’t limited to garden beds alone. Master Gardener Hubert Jamison will show you how easy it is to install drip irrigation … from your sprinkler system or a hose spigot.
• July 21: What to do with those beautiful orchid plants that have finished blooming? Most of us just discard them. Big mistake. Master Gardener Martha Jamison will show you how to make them re-bloom, bigger and better, year after year.
• July 28: Think outside the box!! Don’t be limited to rectangular plots for raised bed gardening. Professor Joe Staton will show you how your raised bed garden can be a work of art. Don’t hide your veggie garden behind the garage; make a focal point of it. All the tools you need are a saw and a cordless drill. Really.
• August 4: Night Blooming Flowers. Ever wonder why some flowers bloom only at night? Master Gardener Sandra Educate will showcase flowers that really shine … at night. Create a fragrant Moon Garden or spotlight these lovely flowers in existing borders.