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Virtual Fall Gardening Workshop Explores Mountain State

A young boy wearing a pink shirt and khaki shorts hands a freshly picked carrot to a young girl holding a bunch of fresh vegetables. The pair appears to be standing in a greenhouse, with green plants and vines climbing a wood frame covered in plastic behind them.Kate Long/Journalist

The arrival of fall might not have most people thinking about gardening, but the members of the Kanawha County Extension Master Gardener Association think it is the perfect time. 

The organization is hosting a free virtual workshop called Fall Into Gardening. In a press release, the organization says you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home or join others at the main Kanawha County Public Library.

The workshop will cover things like what tree to buy so your yard glows orange in the fall, growing vegetables in the winter and a garden near Morgantown with four miles of scenic trails, a butterfly garden and more. 

The program is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 30. It’s not necessary to register if you plan to attend in person, but you will need to register if you plan to attend virtually. 

Registration is open by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/FallIntoGardening23Registration

Or, you may call the Main Library at 304-343-4646 ext. 1259 and ask for adult programming librarian Amanda Gibson to learn more details about the virtual workshop, which will be broadcast in Room 311C. Attendees may bring their lunches. 

The four speakers are:  

  • Eden Clymire-Stern, Extension Educator at West Virginia State University on how to select a tree for fall color; 
  • John Porter, an Extension leader at the University of Nebraska and former Kanawha County Extension Agent on preparing your garden for winter; 
  • Lewis Jett, a WVU Extension Specialist, on winter vegetables; 
  • Keynote speaker Philip Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Botanic Garden near Morgantown. Smith will lead participants on a virtual visit of the 85-acre park – seven different gardens and several blazed trails located at Tibbs Run Preserve. The nonprofit preserve was founded in 1983 and is open 365 days each year.