Don’t miss our meeting tonight at 6pm (6:30 presentation) at the Food Bank. Steve Seefeldt will talk about composting. See you then, and bring some food for the Food Bank.
Help the Georgeson Botanical Gardens update their priorities and plans!
The Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is teaming up with the Georgeson Botanical Gardens (GBG) to develop the next master plan for the garden, and we want your help! ASLA is offering professional assistance to GBG to help outline and strategize their priorities for future growth.
The gardens are a very important part of Alaska’s plant growing community as they are used for research, community events, education and outreach, all while offering a beautiful setting for residents and tourists to enjoy.
Please come to the next Master Gardener’s meeting to tell them how you use the Gardens currently and how you’d like to use them in the future!
Meetings start at 6pm on the first Tuesday of each month (Oct 4) at the Fairbanks Food Bank. 6-6:30 is social and snack time. The program will begin at 6:30. One agenda item will be to update the bylaws.
Please bring a non-perishable food donation as a thank you to the food bank for using their space
Our first Master Gardener meeting of the season will be this Tuesday, Sept 6th. An agenda will follow soon…
Our speaker will be long-time Fairbanks gardener Mary Calmes. Mary has been gardening off Chena Hot Springs Road for years, and is going to share harvesting practices, a little about fermenting, maybe a little about garlic, and some hints and tips from her many years as a gardener in Fairbanks.
Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley
Place: Food Bank (725 26th Avenue)
The blog and Facebook page have been a bit slow lately, probably because we’re all out enjoying our gardens, in between the raindrops. We’re only about a month away from our first fall Master Gardener meeting (Tuesday Sept 6th); we’re hoping to have a good line-up of speakers for the coming year. Send in any suggestions you have for topics or speakers. In the meantime, send your photos and we’ll post them for you. Here’s a sample to get you inspired to share yours!
Most of these events have more information available on the Fairbanks Daily News Miner community calendar, as well as contact information for sponsoring organizations.
Saturday May 14 :
- Georgeson Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale, 10am-2pm
- Breadline Stone Soup Garden Building Day, 11am-3pm, 11th and Lacey
Thursday May 19:
- Planning the Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley perennial bed, 5:30pm-?, at the Georgeson Botanical Garden
Saturday May 21:
- Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District Tree Sale, 11am-4pm, Kiwanis Agricultural Hall at the Fairgrounds
Saturday May 28:
- Hospice Plant Sale, 9am-4pm, Hospice Greenhouse at 20th Ave. and Turner
Saturday June 4
- Breadline Stone Soup Garden Planting Day, 11am-3pm, 11th and Lacey
Wednesday June 8:
- Planting the Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley perennial bed, 6pm-?, at the Georgeson Botanical Garden
Brenda Adams, author of There’s a Moose in my Garden, will talk to our group at our May meeting, Tuesday May 3rd, at the Food Bank. Social time starts at 6, meeting at 6:30.
Summer events and tours will follow rapidly, and I hope you’ll all keep in touch over the summer; we have a flyer explaining how to stay up to date on what’s happening with gardening over the summer. See you soon; in the meantime, enjoy green-up!
Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley
Topic: “Early Detection and Rapid Response.” Find out how researchers are discovering pest species new to the state, and how this method could help control them.
Several weeks ago, we asked for members to submit their favorite varieties; a few responded and here are their recommendations. We hope we can encourage more people to participate so that we get a really comprehensive list going; perhaps we can make it a regular feature of the web page. Happy planting!
Greetings Fairbanks and Tanana Valley gardeners! We’re having a spring workshop, a half day of experts to inspire us as spring begins, and save the rest of your day to start some seeds. Be sure to mark your calendar!
What: Spring Workshop, including:
9 a.m – Eric Mayo, Fruit tree and orchard maintenance
10 a.m. – Marjorie Illingworth, Water Gardens
When: Saturday April 2nd, 9am-noon (doors open at 8am, don’t be late!)
Where: University Presbyterian Church on College Road
Did you miss Terry Reichardt’s presentation on vegetable gardening at the February Master Gardener meeting? Notes from the meeting have been posted online and can be viewed here or by visiting the “activities” -> “meeting minutes” tab. Terry is a wealth of information and inspiration for growing our own food in Alaska. In addition to many tips and vegetable variety suggestions, she even shared a recipe for falafel – with all ingredients coming from her own garden!