WCMG Welcomes Troy B. Marden – Tuesday, 3 February 2015

plant-this-insteadTuesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. Troy B. Marden,

Presentation and book-signing: Plant this Instead! Better Plant Choices - alternatives to common plant selections that are prettier, hardier, longer-blooming, available in a new color, less work, drought-tolerant, or native.

troy_mardenTroy is the host of Nashville Public Television’s hit gardening show Volunteer Gardener and is a knowledgeable, lively and entertaining speaker who has addressed audiences locally, nationally and internationally. He is also an author, garden designer, cook, tour guide, and photographer. He will have copies of his most recent book, Plant this Instead!, available for purchase and will sign copies after his presentation.

The meeting will be held at James E. Ward Agricultural Center Education Building, 945 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon TN 37087 (map)

Tickets are $5, and include a chance to win a signed copy of Plant This Instead! Space is limited. While they last, tickets are available ahead-of-time at the  Wilson County Cooperative Extension Office  925 E. Baddour Pkwy., Suite 100, Lebanon, TN 37087 (615-444-9584) (map) or at the door the night of the event.

Presented by: Wilson County Master Gardener Association, wilsoncountymg@gmail.com

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Nature Center Receives Award from Tennessee State Parks

Congratulations to Cedars of Lebanon State Park on receiving the Excellence in Innovation award at the 2015 TN State Parks Management Meeting.

Renovation began at Cedars of Lebanon’s Dixon Merritt Nature Center in 2013 and was completed this past December. This project has been a collaborative effort between the volunteer efforts of the park’s volunteer camp hosts, the Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park, the Wilson County Master Gardener Association and the direction of Ranger Wayne Ingram.

The main portion of the Nature Center now has ample exhibits interpreting the cedar glades, native plants, cedar trees, native animals, reptiles and butterflies and now includes an outstanding cave  exhibit complete with blind cave fish. This history room contains photographs and tools that depict the life and history of the areas early settlers and the work of Works Progress Administration (WPA) labor that constructed the park. It also includes exhibits depicting Baird’s Mill and its impact on the local community as well as a working model of the Limber-Jack Harrow manufactured by the A.E. Baird Co. of Lebanon.

The butterfly garden not only provides visitors with living examples of  native plants, but also provides visitors with the opportunity to observe native species of butterflies throughout the spring, summer and fall while providing a habitat that allows them to flourish. The partnership with the local community and volunteers has made this project possible.

http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/cedars-of-lebanon

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WCMG Welcomes Troy B Marden – Tuesday, 3 February 2015

plant-this-insteadTuesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. Troy B. Marden,

Presentation and book-signing: Plant this Instead! Better Plant Choices - alternatives to common plant selections that are prettier, hardier, longer-blooming, available in a new color, less work, drought-tolerant, or native.

troy_mardenTroy is the host of Nashville Public Television’s hit gardening show Volunteer Gardener and is a knowledgeable, lively and entertaining speaker who has addressed audiences locally, nationally and internationally. He is also an author, garden designer, cook, tour guide, and photographer. He will have copies of his most recent book, Plant this Instead!, available for purchase and will sign copies after his presentation.

The meeting will be held at James E. Ward Agricultural Center Education Building, 945 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon TN 37087 (map)

Tickets are $5, and include a chance to win a signed copy of Plant This Instead! Space is limited. While they last, tickets are available ahead-of-time at the  Wilson County Cooperative Extension Office  925 E. Baddour Pkwy., Suite 100, Lebanon, TN 37087 (615-444-9584) (map) or at the door the night of the event.

Presented by: Wilson County Master Gardener Association, wilsoncountymg@gmail.com

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2015 Spring Festival News – keynote speaker confirmed

schoolexhibitbldg-20121104Did you know our 2015 Spring Festival is less than four months away? We have just 16 weeks before the big event, there is a lot of work to do, and we need your help. Join us Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 6:30 PM in the School Exhibit Building for our first planning meeting of 2015.

And now a little Spring Festival news. We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker will be Jason Reeves.

jason_reevesJason is Ornamental Horticulture Research Associate at UT’s West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. He creates the various seasonal horticultural displays, conducts research on herbaceous and woody ornamentals, assists with the center’s annual field day, Summer Celebration, and supports other educational programs. In addition, Jason serves as a contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine.

The gates open and 10:00 AM and Jason will be speaking from 11:00 to 12 Noon, so tell all your neighbors and friends to mark their calendars for Saturday, May 9, 2015.

And mark your calendar for 27 January at 6:30 PM. We hope to see you there.

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Chili Cook-Off Details – Tuesday, 6 January 2015

chili_competitionChili Cook-Off Entries:

  1. Barbara Martinez
  2. Jil & Jeff Norman
  3. Randall Connor
  4. Gerri Tomerlin
  5. David Bates
  6. Lorine Bourland
  7. Dr. James Morris
  8. Bob Hamilton
  9.  Andy Myers

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What Others Are Bringing:

chili-cook-off_medCheese (shredded)
1) Kathy Leeman,
2) Roseann White Beasley,
3) Lynn Danielson,
4) Linda & Roy Atkinson

Cornbread
1) Lauren May,
2) Randall Connor,
3) Linda & Roy Atkinson
4) David Bates

Corn Chips
1) Bob Hamilton,
2) Karen Dawson

CHILI-3Crackers
1) Kathy Leeman,
2) Lynn Danielson,

Dessert
1) Fay Huddleston,
2) Kathy Powers,
3) Sondra Bishop,
4) Marianne Pelletier
5) Karlen Evins
6) Carol Greer
7) Laleta Shippper

Drinks
1) Kathy Powers
2) Linda Robertson
3) Mike Willey
4) David Vowell
5)  Fran Strausburg
6) Jan Littrell
7) Marianne & Dwayne Smith

If you plan on bringing chili, cornbread, crackers, corn chips, grated cheese, dessert or a drink, please let Greg know via email as soon as possible  cedarbees@gmail.com

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