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Vienna Public Library to host gardening series

Wood County Agricultural Extension Agent J.J. Barrett speaks at a “Fridays at the Library” gardening workshop. (Photo Provided)

VIENNA — The coldest days of winter are here just in time for the “Fridays at the Library” gardening series at the Vienna Public Library starting this Friday.

The gardening educational series “Fridays at the Library” is celebrating its fifth year and will be held every Friday in February at the Vienna Library from noon-2 p.m.

“We are excited about the workshops for 2019,” said J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Service agriculture agent. “Fridays at the Library provides an excellent opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to share knowledge as well as learn and adopt new skills.

”Beyond the educational value, it’s always fun to meet and interact with people of similar interests.”

Master Gardeners will be present at each session to help answer gardening questions.

“Research has proven the benefits of gardening including developing healthy eating habits, relieving stress, increasing physical activity and having a more positive outlook on life,” Barrett said. ”Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, there is always so much to learn.”

Workshops are being sponsored by the Wood County Master Gardeners, WVU Extension Service and the Vienna Library. The event is free and open to the public. Door prizes such as seed packets and herbs will be available as well as healthy refreshments.

The first session this Friday, Feb. 1 will cover “Establishing & Managing Native Pollinators Habitats” presented by Barrett. Jann Adams from the Washington County Master Gardeners will be sharing information about “Beneficial Bugs.”

On Feb. 8, the subject will be “Long Blooming Perennials for Summer Beauty” presented by Barrett. Larry and Susan Dale will also be teaching about “Planting Herbs for the Kitchen Garden.”

On Feb. 15, the subject will be “Improving Garden Soil Fertility,” presented by Ohio State Extension Agent Marcus McCartney. Wood County Master Gardener President Andrea Duke will also be teaching about “Saving Tomato Seeds.”

The series will conclude on Feb. 22. Wood County Master Gardener Krista Rogers will discuss selecting time period correct vegetables and flowers for a “Heritage Garden” and Barrett will be discussing “From Heat to Sweet: Growing Great Peppers.”

For more information contact J.J. Barrett at 304-424-1960 or jj.barrett@mail.wvu.edu.

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