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Fall Classes Prepare Gardeners To Maximize Their Landscape Potential

Thursday, June 30, 2022

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WICHITA — As the leaves begin to change and fall temperatures begin to drop, five new gardening classes are slated for August that will inspire and educate those looking forward to the upcoming change in seasons. Presented in partnership with the Wichita Public Library, the Fall Gardening Series classes offer a variety of timely gardening topics for attendees. “The fall is the ideal time to plant and prepare our gardens for future success, yet many people often overlook this critical time of year for their gardening projects” says Matthew McKernan, K-State Research & Extension Agent in Sedgwick County, and one of this fall’s presenters. “These gardening classes will help teach gardeners how to make the most of the fall gardening window.”

The FREE classes are being offered both in person and online via Zoom, August 2nd through September 1st.  On Tuesday evenings, they will be in person at the Advanced Learning Library Branch (711 W. 2nd Street, Wichita, KS) from 6:00-7:30 p.m., and on Thursdays they will be presented virtually via Zoom, also from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

The fall class schedule and topics include: 

  • Tuesday, August 2nd and Thursday, August 4th
    Pollinator Gardens Inspired By The Kansas Prairie
    Learn how to use perennials, ornamental grasses, roses, and more to create year-round habitat for pollinators around your home. Join Extension Master Gardener Cindy Vadakin as she takes pollinator plant inspiration from the Kanza Prairie and the Tallgrass Prairies of Kansas in order to create a space for pollinators in your own back yard. Discover plant combinations that will create continuous blooms for the most impactful pollinator garden.

  • Tuesday, August 9th and Thursday, August 11th
    A Garden Without Birds Is Not Complete
    Learn how to enhance your garden with cheerful colors and songs of birds! Join Extension Master Gardener Karen Sanders-West as she provides tips on the birds that like our Kansas gardens, and the food, water, and shelter in the landscape that attracts them. You’ll also get highlights of other wildlife that you may discover in your garden, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.

  • Tuesday, August 16th and Thursday, August 18th
    Becoming a Lazy Gardener
    Are you tired of maintaining the landscape you think you "should" have? Join Extension Master Gardener Debra Harries as she shares tips, tricks, and hacks that can transform your yard into a joyous and beautiful place, all with less maintenance. Learn ways to manage your landscape so nature helps you in doing the work!

  • Tuesday, August 23rd and Thursday, August 25th
    Fall Lawn Care: Tips For Growing The Best Lawn On The Block
    Fall is the most important time of year to care for a Tall Fescue lawn. What should you be doing to your lawn to help ensure a healthy, 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 have the best lawn on the block.
  • Tuesday, August 30th and Thursday, September 1st
    Dealing with Soil Problems
    When growing anything, from grass to trees, healthy soil is a key component to your success. In order to grow healthy plants, the first step is understanding and creating a healthy soil. Join Extension Master Gardener Butch Ewing as he discusses soil composition, and provides some ideas for amendments that can help improve your plant growth.

The classes are free, but pre-registration is required.  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.

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Matthew McKernan
Horticulture Agent
K-State Research & Educ. Center, Sedgwick County
(316) 660-0140