Surry County Master Gardeners educate tour patrons


By Andy Winemiller - awinemiller@s24476.p831.sites.pressdns.com



From left, master gardeners Michele Holmes and Kathleen Demers educate Wendy Tatman about herbs she can grow in her garden.


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Tom and Paula Ackerman take a look at some edible planters at the Blue House on Saturday.


Andy Winemiller | The News

Master gardeners Sharon Poindexter and Terry Willis share some gardening tips with patrons of the “Mount Airy Blooms” garden tour.


Andy Winemiller | The News

With Linda Vaught behind her, Mary Cathey talks about the importance of keeping pollinators like bees around one’s garden.


Andy Winemiller | The News

While a tour of some of Mount Airy’s best-kept gardens may have been beautiful, it was also educational for some.

“It’s a whole new ball game,” said Tom Ackerman of gardening in North Carolina.

He and wife Paula recently moved to Winston-Salem from Santa Barbara, California. At their former residence many plants grow year-round, so the Ackermans were picking the brains of Master Gardeners at the Blue House on Main Street as to how to adapt to their new gardening environment.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension volunteer Master Gardeners were on hand at the house to answer questions and educate folks primarily about edible landscaping.

“Our primary job is to promote gardening and farming,” explained Master Gardener Terry Willis.

She said Master Gardeners volunteer their time to pass along their knowledge to anyone in need of a helpful gardening tip. If somebody is having ongoing issues in their garden, a Master Gardener can even be dispatched to one’s home to have a look.

The local Cooperative Extension office may be reached at 366-8025.

The Master Gardeners, who had booths set up to educate folks about how to keep pollinators like bees around, growing herbs and even edible planters, were only a part of Saturday’s garden experience, however.

The Mount Airy Garden Club included tours of seven gorgeous gardens in the Mount Airy area. A $20 ticket to the “Mount Airy Blooms” tour bought a person entry into the seven gardens, and the tour ran from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Proceeds from the tour will go to support garden club projects in the area, including the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home Rose Garden, restoration of the gardens at the Historic Moore House, maintenance and upkeep of the Main Street mini-garden fountain, lobby arrangements at Northern Hospital and special programming for the Jones School exceptional children’s class.

Ackerman said he and his wife learned of the tour from friends John and Julie Adams, whose garden was on the tour. Though not the gardener of the couple, Ackerman noted he had seen some beautifully kept gardens, and it was a pretty good way to pass a Saturday.

“We love Mount Airy,” explained Ackerman. “There certainly are worse ways to spend a Saturday.”

From left, master gardeners Michele Holmes and Kathleen Demers educate Wendy Tatman about herbs she can grow in her garden.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Gardens4.jpgFrom left, master gardeners Michele Holmes and Kathleen Demers educate Wendy Tatman about herbs she can grow in her garden. Andy Winemiller | The News

Tom and Paula Ackerman take a look at some edible planters at the Blue House on Saturday.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Gardens2.jpgTom and Paula Ackerman take a look at some edible planters at the Blue House on Saturday. Andy Winemiller | The News

Master gardeners Sharon Poindexter and Terry Willis share some gardening tips with patrons of the “Mount Airy Blooms” garden tour.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Gardens3.jpgMaster gardeners Sharon Poindexter and Terry Willis share some gardening tips with patrons of the “Mount Airy Blooms” garden tour. Andy Winemiller | The News

With Linda Vaught behind her, Mary Cathey talks about the importance of keeping pollinators like bees around one’s garden.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Gardens1.jpgWith Linda Vaught behind her, Mary Cathey talks about the importance of keeping pollinators like bees around one’s garden. Andy Winemiller | The News

By Andy Winemiller

awinemiller@s24476.p831.sites.pressdns.com

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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