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Fall Gardening Classes Announced in Partnership with Wichita Public Library

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Gardening classes will give tips for caring for your fall landscape.

New gardening classes will give tips for caring for your fall landscape.

WICHITA — Five weeks of fall gardening classes return in partnership with the Wichita Public Library to inspire and educate gardeners in anticipation of the changing seasons.  Learn about a variety of timely gardening topics in these upcoming free classes. The classes will be held Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m., from August 5th through September 2nd.  All classes are being hosted live via Zoom.

Fall class schedule and topics include: 

  • August 5: Turning Dirt into Soil – The Miracle of the Microbes
    Fall brings an opportunity to lay the foundation for next year’s garden through soil improvement. Building good soil is not just about adding organic material, but also about nurturing the diverse community of microbes in compost that bring soil to life.  Learn from Extension Master Gardener Lori Lohrenz about what healthy soil has in common with your own digestive system, and how inoculating your plot with compost ‘probiotics’ powers the cycle of nutrients.
  • August 12: Perennials – The Garden’s Foundation
    Plants that grow from year to year in your garden are critical for structure and providing lower maintenance over time.  When selecting garden perennials, there are many things to consider, including the plant’s aesthetics, the seasonality of its peak performance, the amount of care required, and how it fits into your landscape.  Extension Master Gardener Karen Sanders-West will discuss which perennials will perform best in your Kansas Landscape.
  • August 19: Transformational Landscaping
    Learn how to translate your vision for your landscape into the dream landscape you’ve always wanted through planning, designing and plant selection.  Follow the journey of Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardener Barney Barnhard as he envisioned, planned, and created his own transformational landscape.  Learn about resources in design, construction, and planting to give you the confidence to embark on your own journey.
  • August 26: The Ultimate Guide to Fall Lawn Care
    Fall is the most important time of year to care for a Tall Fescue lawn.  Planting, fertilizing, and controlling weeds now ensures a healthier, greener lawn next summer.  Horticulture Agent Matthew McKernan from the K-State Research & Extension Office in Sedgwick County will share the keys to lawn health and what schedule to follow in order to make sure your grass is always greener. 
  • September 2:  Where’s the Watermelon?!? Seasonal, local eating in ICT
    Have you gone to a local farmers’ market and been surprised by what was or wasn’t available?  Have you seen the term ‘CSA’ but felt out of the loop? This presentation will help you decode some of the local food lingo that is floating around, know what is in season at different times of the year, and how to find the produce you want in our local area.

The classes are free, but pre-registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link, as well as any handouts.  Register online or by calling the Wichita Library at 316-261-8500.

Following each presentation, the recordings will be available on the Wichita Public Library's YouTube channel.

The classes are a joint project of the K-State Research & Extension - Sedgwick County Master Gardener Volunteer program and the Wichita Public Library.


Matthew McKernan
Horticulture Agent
(316) 660-0140