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Lunchbox 3/16/2015 :Home Vegetable Gardening!

The Lunchbox topic for February will be Home Vegetable Gardening! The speaker will be J. Powell Smith, Ph.D. Clemson Extension. The date for this lunchbox is 3/16/2015 at 12:30 and the location is Trinity United Methodist Church on Whiskey Road in Aiken.

Meet A Master Gardener returns 4/4/2015

The Master Gardeners are at the Aiken Farmers Market from 8:00 A.M. until noon on the first Saturday of each month from AQpril through October. We are there to answer lawn and garden questions and identify plants, weeds, and any other mystery items that the public brings. This is a free service.

Note: The market normally opens in March but will not be this month due to the cooler weather.


Master Gardener Plant Sale 4/18/2015

Aiken Master Gardeners will hold their 2015 plant sale at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 8:30 – 11:30am.  This is a great opportunity to obtain plants from Aiken Master Gardeners for your garden.  There will be plenty of vegetables, herbs, perennials, shrubs, and some trees for you to choose from.  Many are transplants of our prize plants that we want to share.  We will have Master Gardeners available to answer your questions as well as other surprises.PlantSale 2014Crowd Plant Sale 2014 all set up

Camelia Show

The Mid-Carolina Camellia Society invites you to its Annual Winter Show on Saturday, February 14th, in the Phillips Market Center at the SC State Farmers Market in W. Columbia.

This is an open show; you are welcome to enter camellia blooms whether grown in your yard or in your greenhouse.  There is no entry fee.  Blooms may be brought to the Phillips Market Center beginning at 7 am on Saturday morning; all blooms must be placed for judging by 10:30 am.  The attached Show Schedule contains the rules, classes and awards. 

The Show will be open for public viewing from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday afternoon.  Admission is free.  Over 1500 blooms grown throughout Southeast will be on display.

We hope to see you on Saturday.

Janet Lockhart

Secretary, Mid-Carolina Camellia Society

Graduation and Holiday Party

(Dec 2014)The Aiken Master Gardener graduation ceremony and holiday party Tuesday night at St. John’s. Congratulations to our new graduates!  A copy of the photo that accompanied a press release sent to the Aiken Standard is attached.  This year’s graduates include Staci Britt, Julie Hardaway, Paula Blum, Teri Merry, Lynda Schewe-Gries, Mark Kingsley, Barry McGrath, Iris Walliser, David Webb, Michaela Berley, Pam Lanier, Jill Nangeroni and Alicia Revell.

The Bill Adams AMGA Service Award was presented to Linda and Sam Christine (photo attached) at the party.  For years the Christines welcomed MG training course students into their garden as part of the class field trip.  They continue to share their garden and their love of gardening with the Aiken community.  Congratulations Linda and Sam!

The standout crowd of 60+ got into the spirit of the party by creating hats, showing off their tackiest Christmas outfits, and writing holiday garden poems.  Iris Walliser won the prize for her vegetative headpiece; Julie Hardaway was wearing the tackiest sweater; and Linda Minyard had the most clever poem.  A photo of Iris in her beautiful winning hat is attached to this email.
Many thanks to the group who worked hard to put on this party.  Under the leadership of Bruni Beaty the hardworking team of Kathryn Darwin, Pam Glogowski, Pam Lanier, Mary Weddle, Mary King, Lori King, and Clark Lingenfelter made party favors (those wonderful coasters) and beautiful centerpieces.  They shopped for party supplies, set up and decorated the room, and stayed until the room was spic and span.  Great job!
Merry Christmas to each of you.  May your holidays be filled with peace and joy.Graduating Class December 2014

Iris hat and prize arrangement low res

The Bill Adams Award

Linda and Sam low resCongratulations to Linda and Sam Christine, latest recipients of the AMGA Bill Adams Award, a service award that was es-tablished to honor Aiken Master Gardeners who meet the highest standards of service as exemplified by Bill Adams. For years, Linda and Sam opened their garden to members of Aiken’s Master Gardener Training Course as part of the class field trip. They have put in years of quality service to the AMGA.
Linda and Sam continue to share their knowledge and their garden with plant lovers in the Aiken area.


Aiken Master Gardeners award Scholarship

The Aiken Master Gardener Association has awarded $1000 scholarships to two 2013 high school graduates. One recipient is from Aiken County, and one is from Edgefield County.

The Aiken High School graduate is Anna Mink who will attend Piedmont Technical College in the fall majoring in Agricultural Education. Her goal is to transfer to Clemson University as a sophomore and to someday teach high school students like her role model, Meghan Wood. Anna has just been selected as the South Carolina President of FFA She will be attending a meeting of all state presidents in Washington, D.C. in July.

Trent Miller graduated from Strom Thurmond High School where he was an honor roll student and had perfect attendance from kindergarten through high school. He was actively involved with his FFA chapter in leadership capacities as well as in football and soccer. Trent will attend Clemson in the fall where he plans to major in Agriculture Mechanization and Business.




The 2014 Aiken Master Gardener Almanac is now available

The seventh edition of Master Gardener Almanac for Aiken and Vicinity is now available  and will sell for $15 to the public. It will be sold at the Aiken County Agriculture Building at 1550 Richland Avenue, East in suite 500.  It will also be sold at the Farmers Market at Richland and Williamsburg Streets on the first Saturday of each month when the Master Gardeners are present. The new almanac has been completely revised and increased in size to 104 pages.