Master Gardeners' Spring Presentation set Saturday

Published on Saturday, 1 March 2014 22:21 - Written by From Staff Reports

Horticulturalists and a software programmer are scheduled speakers for the Cherokee County Master Gardener Association’s an-nual Spring Conference Saturday at the First Christ-ian Church Fellowship Hall, 1920 Beaumont St., Jackson-ville.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The $10 fee includes refreshments and a chance to win one of four door prizes, according to information from the organization.

Speaker Greg Grant is a lecturer at Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Horticulture. He was the Cherokee County horticulturalist with Texas Cooperative Extension in Rusk. He co-authored, with William C. Welch, the book “Southern Heirloom Gard-en” and is a regular contributor to Neil Sperry’s Gard-ens magazine.

Speaker Dave Whitinger is the creator of several websites, most notably Dave’s Garden and All Things Plants. He is a software programmer who aims to bring gardeners together and provide them with custom software tools.

Speaker Keith Hansen has been Texas AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Smith County since 1992, after serving as Extension agent for Nueces County. His weekly article, “Keeping It Green,” is published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph and he has written articles for Neil Sperry’s Gardens magazine and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The Ruth B. Nichols Arboretum will be open 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday to allow conference participants to visit the arboretum trails and demonstration garden, the Master Gardeners announced.

There is no charge for the tours, and hosts will be there to answer questions.