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What is a Master Gardener and How Do I Join?

AUBURN, Ala. – Do you wish you had a garden that looks like a feature in Southern Living Magazine, but you just don’t have the “green thumb” like your great-grandmother? The good news is that there are qualified people who are able to answer your questions if you reach out – they are called Master Gardeners. The Master Gardener program ... Read More »

Alabama Treasures: Native Azaleas

native azaleas

AUBURN, Alabama —Native azaleas are a favorite flowering shrub in Alabama. With many colors and their adaptability to a wide range of climates, they are a popular choice. “With colors ranging from yellow to orange and orange-red flowers, native azaleas are among the most beautiful of Alabama’s indigenous flowering shrubs,” said Roosevelt Robinson, a regional Alabama Extension agent. “There are numerous native azalea ... Read More »

Extension Agent Cultivates Community at Senior Living Facility

DOTHAN, Ala.—A garden is a place for people of all ages to gather, share community and interact with one another. Regional Alabama Extension Agent Lucy Edwards is cultivating a community of gardeners at Glen East Apartments in Dothan, Alabama. This is Edwards’ first year to work with the seniors at Glen East. Raised bed gardens were built for seniors to ... Read More »

Rainwater collection ready

Alabama — Rainwater collection is an important skill to master. By learning how to collect rainwater and use that water efficiently, gardeners and homeowners can rely on more than just a water hose for quick access to clean water. Another plus – rainwater is completely free! Alabama Cooperative Extension Systems agent Sallie Lee has tips for making the most of ... Read More »

Family Gardening: Growing Together

AUBURN, Ala. — Many people look to gardening for the produce, stress relief or profit, but why not make it a family learning project.  Incorporating children into a gardening project offers several benefits including life lessons, practical knowledge about vegetables and closer families. Learning Children learn responsibility when the family plants a garden. They will have to water and check the ... Read More »

Orchids in The South

  Auburn, Ala. –“Orchids remind me of home,” said Deb Bailey, a former liberal arts professor at Auburn University. Bailey grew up in northwest Alabama. “When I think of orchids, it makes me think of the spring season. My grandmother used to grow them on her sun porch and I have memories of watering them with her.” Known for their ... Read More »

The ins and outs of growing succulents in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama — Whether you are an experienced gardener or just a beginner, growing succulents can be a breeze. “A succulent is a thick, fleshy, waxy leafed plant that thrives in periods of drought. They are good for people who forget [to water] or travel a lot,” said Lucy Edwards, a regional home grounds Extension agent for Alabama Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

How to grow Persimmons in your backyard

Auburn, Ala.—Persimmons are a unique kind of fruit. They look like orange tomatoes on the outside, but the inside is full of sweet fruit. They are not your typical and average fruit, but growing a persimmon tree is not as difficult as one might think. A little known fact about persimmon trees are that they easily adapt to a variety ... Read More »

Houseplants That Do Double Duty Clearing Out Pollutants In Indoor Air

AUBURN, Ala.- Indoor houseplants fill spaces in your home or office just as much as they fill a person’s need to be surrounded by foliage.   Humans have a psychological need to be surrounded by greenery as well as items representing nature.  According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System article “Home Selection and Care of Indoor Foliage Plants,” studies show that ... Read More »

A beginner’s guide to growing sunflowers

Auburn, Alabama—Gardeners, flower lovers and even children can all easily recognize this unique breed of flower that grows heads and shoulders beyond the rest. It’s the sunflower of course, and a field of them can put a smile on your face. What makes the sunflower so unique? Firstly, the sunflower, or helianthus annus, is the only seed crop which was ... Read More »