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Upcoming garden events

Don’t forget the Fifth Annual Extension Master Gardener Retro Flower Show on Saturday at the Agricultural Center, 2727 Old Concord Road. The show is open to the public, free of charge, from 1-4 p.m.
The doors to the Agricultural Center will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday. At this time, people who want to enter specimens can fill out entry cards and place arrangements prior to judging. Horticultural specimens are placed by volunteers. Entries will be accepted until 10 a.m. Judging will occur between 10 a.m. and noon.
The show will open to the public at 1 p.m. and close at 4 p.m. Entries cannot be removed from the show until then. The public is also invited to a reception at 2:30 p.m. The Pocket Garden projects at the Agricultural Center will be on display with Extension volunteers outside in the gardens to answer any questions you might have during the day.
Rules for this show may be found at http://www.rowanmastergardener.com, click on Retro Flower Show.
On Wednesday, July 16, and Tuesday, July 29, Rowan County Extension Master Gardeners will conduct Plant Propagation Workshops, 9 a.m. until noon at the Agricultural Center on Old Concord Road.
The classes will be held under the Outdoor Learning Center next to the greenhouse. Space will be limited to the first 15 to call and register. Phone the Cooperative Extension office at 704-216-8970. There is a fee of $15 for materials and supplies.
In addition to the cuttings, participants need to bring a pair of pruners or clippers, and/or a sharp knife. They should be clean and sanitized to prevent the spread of undesirable disease or fungus. A handout will be provided with additional information.
The propagation trays, once filled, will be cared for in the Master Gardener greenhouse until fall. At that time, the cuttings will be ready to be potted up and taken home. Participants are encouraged to come by and check on their cuttings during the summer to see their growth and development. Further instruction will be given when the trays are ready to go home.
For questions or additional information, contact the Cooperative Extension office, 704-216-8970 or E-mail darrell_blackwelder@ncus.edu

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