J.C. Master Gardener Classes

Each fall, the Jackson County Master Gardener Association holds a gardening symposium. A day of classes cost $45, which includes lunch.

You select one c20180726_072038lass from an array of subjects from each session.

Read more about it here..



Horticulture Report: Anthony Waterer Spirea

Plant name: Anthony Waterer Spirea 20180617_144101
Flower color: Rosy Pink
Blooms: Summer
Exposure: Partial to full sun
Soil:  Well- Draining
Water Needs: Regular Water – weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Size: 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.

Attributes: Showy Flowers, Colorful reddish purple leaves in Spring, Low maintenance, Compact dwarf plant, Attracts butterflies.
Uses: Hedge, Mass Plantings,  Woodland garden, Border, Fire-Wise Landscaping, Cut Flowers.
USDA Zone: 4-9

Spotted Bee Balm

Plant Name:  Monarda punctatamonarda punctuta
Common name:  Spotted Bee Balm
Plant type: Herbaceous perennial
Height: 2 feet
Spread:   1 foot
Bloom Time:  June – July
Flower Color:  Yellow with purple spots
Exposure:  Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Requirements: Well-drained Average to dry soils
Water Needs: Medium
Attributes:   Showy Flowers. Fragrant leaves. Deer tolerant. Attracts beneficial insects. Fairly tolerant of poor soils & drought.
Note:   Spreads by runners to form clumps, but not too aggressive. Needs air flow to prevent powdery mildew.
Uses:  Cut Flowers, Cottage Gardens, Perennial Gardens, Herb Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Natural/Wild Gardens.
Native to: Eastern United States & Canada
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Allium hollandicum ‘ Purple Sensation’

Plant Name: Allium hollandicum ‘ Purple Sensation’Purple Sensation_Allium
Common name: Flowering Onion
Plant type: Perennial Bulb
Height: 24 to 30 inch flower stalks
Bloom Time: May-June
Flower Colors: 4-5 inch Violet- Purple Globe
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Requirements: Fertile well-drained sandy soil
Water Needs: Dry to Medium
Attributes:Showy Flowers,Attract butterflies,Garden Interest, Deer & Rabbit Resistant , Firewise plant
Uses: Cut Flower Garden,Cut flowers,Dried Flowers, Containers,Perennial Garden
Native to: Holland
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Holiday Poinsettia Plant Care

To keep you poinsettias looking good during the holidays, it’s a combination of light, moisture and location.  Poinsettias need lots of light,  so give them as much bright in-direct sunlight as possible inside your home.  Proper watering is key to keeping poinsettias healthy. Water them thoroughly only when the pot feels light weight and dry on the top. Do not leave plants setting in a saucer of water, they do not like wet “feet”.  Place your poinsettias in  a semi-cool humid location away from a heating vent. For added humidity set a bowl or saucer of water in close proximity to the plant.