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May 19, 2020

New online gardening series: K-State Garden Hour

Submitted by Matthew McKernan

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Join K-State Research and Extension for a new gardening series called "K-State Garden Hour." The free weekly series will be every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

This virtual series will provide information on a variety of horticultural topics, as well as highlight educational topics related to plant selection, entomology, plant pathology and integrated pest management. 

Whether you are new to gardening or have some experience, you're sure to learn something new. Discussions will be led by K-State Extension Professionals throughout the state. This event is limited to 500 participants. Sessions will be recorded and posted online after each event.

The following are the featured topics for the next few weeks: 

  • Wednesday, May 20: "Native Plants in the Landscape" presented by Pam Paulsen, Reno County horticulture extension agent. Native plants can be a great addition to your landscape. They are well adapted to local growing conditions and serve as important food sources for beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife. Paulsen will cover a number of native plant species and how they can be used in your landscape. 
  • Wednesday, May 27: "Taking Care of Tomatoes," presented by Tom Buller, Douglas County horticulture extension agent, and Judy O'Mara, K-State Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab. Many maintenance techniques can improve your tomato plant health while also increasing plant yield. Buller will cover tasks including training, irrigating, pruning and insect management, and O'Mara will discuss tomato diseases that occur in Kansas and how to manage them.
  • Wednesday, June 3: "Making and Supporting Pollinators In The Garden," presented by Jason Graves, Central Kansas District horticulture extension agent. Making and supporting pollinators should not be optional since they are essential to maintaining the vast number of ecosystem services we all rely on every single day. Graves will explore who our pollinators are, understanding pollinator needs and what we can do to make and support pollinators in our own yards. 

Each webinar in the series has a separate registration page. You will need to click on each webinar that you would like to attend. Please preregister for each session online. 

You can also find, promote and share each webinar on Facebook, via the Facebook Events

If you have any questions, please email our team at ksuemg@k-state.edu.