Roots and Shoots Newsletters

The Roots and Shoots Newsletters are emailed to the Master Gardener membership each month.

May Roots & Shoots logo

Be sure to read this month’s President’s message.

If you need a copy of the current issue, you can emailKathy Rostand.

If you are looking for a previous issue of Roots and Shoots, please see Jason Kirby in The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens when it is open again or emailJason.

Below are some of the March highlights:

Bethany's Extras


I love this time of year when mornings start out chilly, but the day gradually warms up—perfect gardening weather. This is the month to make sure all your newly planted shrubs and perennials are well-mulched and watered in. Blazing temperatures aren’t far off. May is also a great time to start lawns from seed. Seeded lawns are more cost-effective than sod but require careful soil preparation and dedicated watering over the next several months. Choosing the right grass for your home can save you frustration and disappointment in the future. Alabama Extension’s publications Turfgrass Selection* and Home Lawn Maintenance** can be found on our website. Together, these two articles analyze the pros and cons of the six most popular lawn types in analysis. They discuss the proposed use of the lawn (young kids romping, puppies playing fetch, or an emerald lawn admired from afar) and the maintenance and drought tolerance of each turf type. There are several other publications available on the website to help you troubleshoot problems with established lawns as well.

Grab your clippers and gather an armful of flowers and greenery for the next gardening workshop being co-sponsored with Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center on Tuesday May 17th. The workshop participants, breast cancer survivors and their supporters will be challenged to make an arrangement which reflects their individual style and taste so unusual flowers or greens will be welcomed, as well as traditional spring flowers. Please email me at to let me know what you can share. Bring flowers and greenery to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by 2pm on Monday May 16th and make sure to mark buckets or containers with your name and telephone number so we can make sure to return them to you after the event.

Happy gardening!

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful season. I always like to hear from fellow gardeners at


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Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 10, 2022


Plant Swap

with Leonora Roberson

Click here for Rules of the Plant SwapClick here for document


Put It On Your Calendar

June 7th Field Trip

Herb and Terry Lewis’ Outback Garden


in Huntsville

An RSVP request will be sent at a later date, but please tentatively put this date in your calendars.


Master Gardener Library

Check out the Alabama Master Gardener Library

PowerPoint Presentations, created by Alabama Advanced Master Gardeners, extension agents, and university instructors, represent varied areas of expertise and interest. In keeping with our mission of outreach and continuing education, library presentations have been chosen for length and topic as suitable for a “Lunch & Learn”, a membership meeting, a community program, or interesting browsing for Master Gardeners.

Sign into the Reports link and choose the "MG Library" link at the top.


JCMGA 2022