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Garden Talks Learning Series
All presenters are members of the Northern Shenandoah Master Gardener Association. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Spude (A Potato Story) by Pat Casey

"Spuds (A Potato Story)" will introduce participants to the innumerable fascinating aspects of the potato, from its origin in the New World to its spread to Europe and beyond and its surprisingly pivotal role in history. You will learn all about cultivating potatoes, including their extraordinary adaptability and excellent nutritional value. The talk will offer tips on how to prevent or address any of the few problems faced by potato gardeners in the Shenandoah Valley. There may be a bit of potato humor thrown in for extra flavor!

Pat Casey is an enthusiastic if not yet expert Shenandoah Valley gardener.  She finds gardening both rewarding and constantly challenging, with no end of new information to learn and new skills to practice.  She and her husband are enjoying their retirement in Middletown, Virginia, having escaped their Washington, DC work life.  In addition to gardening, Pat appreciates traveling, cooking, reading, and bridge.  She is also a dyed-in-the-wool baseball fan (Go Nats).

Part One @ Handley Library: Secrets of the Garden
Saturdays @ 2 p.m. in the Handley Auditorium

March 11: "Spuds (A Potato Story)" with Pat Casey
April 8: "Successfully Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Containers" with Paula Brownlee

May 20: "From Monticello to Your Backyard: Growing Your Own Historic Garden" with Sari Carp​

Part Two @ Bowman Library: Success in the Garden
2 p.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month in the Bowman Meeting Room

June 10: “​I Love My New Home, But Where are the Flowers?” with Anne Dewey-Balzhiser
Jul 8: “Water Wise Gardening” with Carolyn Wilson

Aug 12: “Save Seeds, Save Money, and (Maybe) Save the Planet” with Elaine Specht

Sep 9: “How Not to See Your Neighbors: Successful Tree Screens” with Sari Carp

Part Three @ Barns of Rose Hill in partnership with Clarke County Library:
Sustainability in the Garden

April 15: Natives the in Garden: Identifying, Planting and Encouraging Native Trees and Shrubs
July 15: Swat, Spray, Squash - or Smile? How I learned to Love (Some) Garden Bugs

October 21: Happy Soil, Happy Plants


Saturday, March 11, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Handley Robinson Auditorium
Handley Library
An Adult Program  

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Adrienne Davis

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Tel: 540-869-9000 x 212