Home and Garden news and events for April 2017

Tuesday, April 4

Sunflowers will take the spotlight at the workshop Tuesday, April 4 at 3 p.m. hosted by the Fayette County Extension Service. One of the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow, sunflowers now come in a wide range of colors and sizes, including pollenless types for cutting. Organizers will cover how to plant and grow sunflowers and provide each class member a variety of unusual types to grow in their home garden.

To register for this class, call 859.257.5582.

Thursday, April 13

The Fayette County Extension Service will host a class on Primocane Blackberries Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.  These varieties extend the blackberry season into fall and are strong compliments to summer varieties. The fruits have high sugar levels. Each participant will receive three Prime Ark Freedom berry plants for a backyard garden. To register for this class, call 859.257.5582.

Saturday, April 15

Pet Wants Lex will host a workshop on composting Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at its office, 321 S. Ashland Ave. Learn how to compost biodegradable items at home. First a quick talk about the how and whys, then a 30-minute hands on workshop of building your own worm bin. Contact Pet Wants Lex through Facebook or call  859.948.3333 to sign up for this event. Space is limited.

Tuesday, April 18

Dahlias will be the focus of a class at the Fayette County Extension Service Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Many people shy away from tender bulbs because of the hassle associated with digging and winter storage. This is actually not a big deal and many are affordable enough to treat as annuals. Dahlias are spectacular in bloom and come in a wide variety of colors shapes and sizes. Participants will go home with an assortment to plant. To register for this class, call 859.257.5582.

Thursday, April 27

A Garden Affair Fête kicks the Garden Affair Weekend off with botanic inspired cocktails and a bounty of appetizers and bites prepared with seasonal, local produce. A Garden Affair Fête serves not only as a chance for attendees to preview the weekend’s vendors, it also marks the reopening of the Headley-Whitney Museum’s iconic Shell House. Inspired by 17th and 18th century European shell grottos, this iconic building has been closed since 2006. For more information, go to www.headley-whitney.org/previewparty

This story also appears on pages 21 of the April 2017 edition of the Hamburg Journal.