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Fall Education Day: October 4, 2014

By Pam Glogowski

Master Gardener Fall Education Day 2014 will be held on Saturday, October 4 at the Aiken Farmers Market from 8 am to Noon. We will have a small plant sale that features fall- and winter-interest plants. At least 20 Master Gardener volunteers will be needed to make this event a success on October 4. We hope you will join us and bring your friends.

The City of Aiken, our co-host for this event, has requested that we make Education Day a family event. You will see that theme reflected in the activities and demonstrations presented at the event. Also, the Farmers Market will host their Fall Festival on the same date.

Other highlights of the event include the Meet a Master Gardener table, a “free to a good home” table, and free refreshments for volunteers and the public. The following local gardening groups will be invited to participe this fall: Aiken Beekeepers, Camellia Society, Orchid Society, the Rose Society, and the South Carolina Bluebird Society. If you would like to volunteer for Fall Education Day, send an email to Pam Glogowski at


Meet A Master Gardener 10/4/2014

Meet A Master Gardener at the Aiken Farmers Market will resume  October 4, 2014. The Master Gardeners are at the Aiken Farmers Market from 8:00 A.M. until noon on the first Saturday of each month from March 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.

Pleas Note: This is the final Meet A Master Gardener program for 2014. The program will resume March 7 2015.


Lunch Box for October 20,

Preparing Your Yard for Winter


  • Location: Trinity United Methodist Church 2724 Whiskey Rd Aiken SC
  • Time: 12:30 Noon

The tenth AMGA lunch box of the year will be Oct 20th. Master Gardener George Montgomery will talk about “Preparing Your Yard for Winter.”

Lunchbox is free and open to everyone and provided by the Aiken Master Gardener Association.



Plant Sales!

The McCorkle Nursery fall plant sale takes place September 19 and 20. The nursery is located in Deering, Ga for directions and opening times.
Can’t beat the prices!

The 5th annual fall Midlands Plant and Flower Festival will be held September 26-28. Friday and Saturday festivities will be 8am to 6pm and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. This event takes place at the South Carolina Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia, SC. There will be numerous vendors of plants and related items. And th e prices are usually pretty good.


Master Gardener Plant Sale

Thanks to all the master gardeners who helped out with this year’s plant sale and all those who stopped by to purchase plants!  Whether it was growing and potting plants, transporting plants to Trinity, setting up the room for the sale, cleaning up after the sale, pricing plants, answering questions from customers, or checking out purchases; we all worked together for a successful sale.  Luckily, the weather was in our favor today and being indoors was a big help.PlantSale 2014Crowd Plant Sale 2014 all set up




Master Gardener Class of 2013 Graduation

A new group of Aiken Master Gardeners celebrated their graduation with a dinner in their honor on January 14, 2014 at St. John’s. Graduates include: Mary King, Trish Manuel, Carissa Doying, Lori King, Mary Weddle, Suzanne Friend, Deb Heath, Clark Lingenfelter, Elise Fox, Anne Cater, Deedee Holmes, Gerald McDonald, Mary Zelmer, Tom Meinardi, Debbie Myers, Phil Davis, Kathy MacDougal, and Madeleine Marshall. Congratulations graduates!

Our thanks goes out to Bruni Beaty and her team for putting on a fabulous party. We appreciate all their hard work, and the table arrangements were beautiful.







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.