Plant Clinic, Monsoon Gardening Seminar Set

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July may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your green thumb goals on the back shelf until next spring.

The University of Arizona Extension Service for Gila County is presenting a program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

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There will be a free plant clinic and monsoon gardening seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

The program will include a plant clinic, monsoon gardening seminar and tips on cultivating worms. The event is free and requires no registration. Just show up with your plant questions and specimens to have Gila County Cooperative Extension agent Chris Jones to provide advice to grow your best garden. Participants may bring a sandwich and cold drink if they wish.

The schedule is as follows:

11:30 a.m. How to Build Your Own Worm Bin with Fred

Jimenez;

12 p.m. Plant Clinic with Chris Jones;

12:30 p.m. Monsoon Gardening with Renee Zeising

If this few hours of gardening education whets your whistle and leaves you wanting more, Gila County Community College and Gila County Cooperative Extension will be offering AGR 230 — Gardening and Landscape in Payson this fall 2011.

The class will also provide the training and opportunity to become a Master Gardener volunteer for Gila County.

Classes will be held at the Gila Community College Payson Campus, from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursdays starting Aug. 25. The class includes guest instructors and specialists from the University of Arizona, and hands-on activities such as a soils lab and tree pruning.

Instructor Chris Jones, Gila County Cooperative Extension agent, says he’s “excited about bringing new guest speakers to help teach the class. We’ve had some new horticulture educators join Cooperative Extension recently, and they are eager to come to Payson and share their expertise. This year’s class will also have an emphasis on water conservation techniques.”

The cost for the course is in accordance with standard tuition at Gila County Community College, plus $50 for the text. Register at any Gila County Community College campus in person, by phone at (800) 678-3808 ext. 8221, or online at www.gilacc.org. Be sure to inquire about the senior registration waiver. Aug. 31 is the last day for late registration.

A Master Gardener receives certification after successfully completing the course, and conducting 50 hours of volunteer educational service as a member of the Gila County Master Gardener Association.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Susan Bolt at (928) 474-4160. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For more information about the class, call Chris Jones at (928) 402-8586.

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