Current and Upcoming Events

All face-to-face ACES meetings have been cancelled/postponed until further notice.Unfortunately, this means Master Gardener meetings, workshops, etc., too.Hopefully, we can get back together soon.Please contactBethany O'Rearwith any questions.

All of the volunteer efforts (making masks, running errands, dropping food, etc.) can count as MG hours during this unusual time.


The Get Outside with Alabama Smart Yards webinar series continues this month.

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The webinars are Wednesdays @ 1pm. To connect:

The topics:

W, May 12 Blueberries: Variety Selection and Planting Basics

Lucy Edwards, Alabama Extension Regional Extension Agent

W, May 19 Blueberries: Insect, Disease and Nutrient Management

Neil Kelly, Alabama Extension Regional Extension Agent

W, May 26 Blueberries: Preserving, Freezing and Other Uses

Bridgette Brannon, Alabama Extension Regional Extension Agent

W, June 2 Blueberries: Proper Pruning Techniques

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This online educational series will provide basic gardening and landscaping training for clients in limited space urban areas. Join the Home Grounds team online to learn about the basics of limited space gardening.

Back 2 Basics Gardening Series will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 10:00 am - 11:00 am.
Join us with Zoom required.

May 12 – 10 Great Plants for the Summer Landscape with Allyson ShabelMay
May 26 – Basic Weed Control with Tim Crow

If you missed any of the previous Back 2 Basics, you can find themonline.


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What’s Bugging You will be the topic of the Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, May 19th from 11:30 - 12:30. Hear about common pest issues with area yards and how to prevent them.

. Registerhere

Check back here for further upcoming Lunch & Learns.

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Do you have garden questions? Send them to

Join us every Wednesday from April to August at 2:00 pm to explore seasonal horticulture topics and to answer your gardening questions! Join by zoom:


Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about azaleas in partnership with the Alabama Chapter of the Azalea Society of America and Auburn University's Davis Arboretum. Registration is required. Link:The new registration link for the 3rdwebinar onMay 20th – ‘All About Azaleas’ – Propagating Evergreen Azaleas and Propagating Native Azaleascan be found here: is required.

Zoom links will be sent by email once you have registered.

For more information visit the ACES website:

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If you missed any of the Raising Trees webinar series, you can still view them:

Urban green spaces are prone to invasion by escaped ornamental plants. These spaces often include riparian corridors as they are not suitable for development. Riparian habitats are often, however, especially susceptible to invasive plants. This webinar will review the primary invasive plant species frequently found in urban riparian habitats, as well as species that occasionally occur within these habitats and species on the horizon to keep an eye out for, with a focus on escaped ornamentals.


ACES, in conjunction with several universities, is offering beekeepers the chance to attend virtual meetings from the comfort of one’s own home using a computer or mobile device. Each event will bring participants up to date on timely beekeeping topics. Time for Q&A included. ALL ARE WELCOME! IT’S FREE!

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Watch via Zoom Webinar, theLast Tuesday of the month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Connect:

or Facebook Live: Email Allyson


Eco-Friendly Fridays: Environmental Education Virtual Series will be held the last Friday of each month from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Register once and use the same link to log on each time.


Join us for training sessions on traditional conservation topics as well as new and emerging issues in environmental education. This free virtual webinar series offers effective best management practices (BMPs) aimed at safeguarding human, animal & environmental health, and practical solutions to help reduce your ecological footprint. Whether you are an educator, an environmental professional, or a nature-lover, tune in to discover how you can become a better steward of the environment and its precious resources. Registration is required.


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Alabama Garden Walks: A virtual visit to gardens around Alabama

Field trips are not possible right now, so let us bring the gardens to you! Join us as we stroll through gardens around North and Central Alabama to learn new plants and new practices to help make your garden a more diverse and sustainable place. Each session will visit a different public or private garden to look how they approach landscaping. Learn new plants and new landscape ideas all from the comfort of your own home!

Sessions will be held on the first and third Friday of each month from 12:00-12:45 PM. Register once and use the same link each time to join.

The Alabama Virtual Farm Tours will be biweekly from March - October 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.


The Blount County Master Gardener Association Fall Conference is coming in October:


October 7, 2021 PALISADES PARK

1225 Palisades Pkwy

Oneonta, AL 35121 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. D. S. Lloyd Building

Program Guide

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:30
Pros and Cons of Natives in the Landscape, DAN PORCH,

Retired Extension Agent

Registration: $20 includes program, snacks, and lunch. Registration is limited to 75 participants.

Make checks payable to Blount County Master Gardener Association.

Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip: _____________________________________________________ Phone: __________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Please provide phone and email so we can contact you!

Mail to: Sherilyn Osborne, P. O. Box 13, Locust Fork, AL 35097. Phone: 205-382-0791.

Email: Non-Refundable Advance Reservations.


We have two Facebook pages, theJefferson County Master Gardener pageand theJefferson County Cooperative Extensions page.Please click on the links to the right and Like us. If you are on Facebook, you will automaticallyreceive updates being posted.

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