April 05, 2011

Weekend Gardening Workshop set for April 30

by Nicole Trainor

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s plant, soil and agricultural systems department in the College of Agricultural Sciences is teaming with the Division of Continuing Education to present the Weekend Gardening Workshop on April 30.

The workshop will be in the Agriculture Building, Muckelroy Auditorium (Room 102) with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Workshop topics include: edible landscapes, container gardening, kitchen gardens, sustainable fruit growing in the home garden, gardening with herbs and growing grapes for wine and pleasure. In addition to enhancing their gardening knowledge, participants will get several plans to help them start their home gardens and they’ll have the chance to win a gardening book.

The Weekend Gardening Workshop will showcase the expertise of three SIUC faculty members, all from the plant, soil and agricultural systems department. Alan Walters, associate professor, uses a hands-on approach when teaching about the various aspects of home gardening. Brad Taylor, associate professor, shares from more than 40 years experience in fruit production. Karen Midden is a professor and registered Illinois landscape architect and she’ll share ideas for designing the perfect garden layout to fit your available space and location.

The workshop registration fee is $75 and that covers the cost of lunch, instruction, and plants to take home. The registration deadline is April 22.

For more information, or to register, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the website at https://www.dce.siu.edu.