June garden classes cover pruning, hummingbirds, lawns

Betsy PickleOn the Grow

It’s time to put some of the Knox County Master Gardeners’ June classes on your calendar.


“Summertime – ’Tis the Season for Pruning” will teach you which bushes, shrubs and small trees should be pruned during the summer months. Your yard will thank you for it. Marsha Lehman will present from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June, 1 at Bearden branch library, 100 Golfclub Road. Vanessa Olson will present from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Cedar Bluff branch library, 9045 Cross Park Drive.

Sugar water isn’t the only thing that will attract hummingbirds to your garden. In “Time for a Hummer Summer!” Lynn Carlson will show how to build colorful containers filled with nectar-rich plants that attract the mesmerizing birds. The program is from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the Davis Family YMCA, 12133 S. Northshore Drive.

“Is Your Lawn Looking Sick?” Then call the doctor, er, Master Gardener. Or just go listen to Ron Pearman as he leads a discussion of proper summer lawn care. He will also cover the problems instigated by the February flooding and aggravated by the typical hot and humid East Tennessee summer. The program is 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 25, at Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway.

All classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served.

Save the dates for “Tomatoes 9-1-1” – July 13 at the Bearden library and July 16 at the Davis YMCA; and “Birds, Bees, Butterflies” – July 13 at the Cedar Bluff library and July 24 at Karns Senior Center.

For gardening questions, call Ask-a-Master-Gardener at the Knox County Extension office, 865-215-2340. More info: Knox County Extension Master Gardeners website

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