Winter is an active time for gardeners committed to creating healthy dishes and thriving environments at their homes. Here’s an update of some of the events and resources offered this season for Cobb County gardeners, new and experienced.

The next Gardeners’ Night Out program is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 West Cobb Regional Library. The February program is “My Favorite Winter Plants” with Master Gardener Terry Barton.

Upcoming Gardeners’ Night Out sessions:

Wednesday, March 13: “Right Plant in the Right Place” with Master Gardener Joe Washington at Mountain View Regional Library.

Tuesday, April 9: “Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging” with Donna Scott at South Cobb Regional Library.

Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County presents the free monthly Gardeners’ Night Out programs at CCPLS locations. For information on the Master Gardeners program, please visit

More gardening news from Cobb Extension:

Preorders for the Cobb County 4-H Club’s annual plant sale will be accepted until Friday, March 8. The order form is available at or by calling (770) 528-4076. The plants may be picked up one day only at Jim Miller Park on Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 2013 annual plant sale includes blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, figs, muscadines, Admiral Semmes azalea, crape myrtles, edgeworthia, heuchera, forsythia, viburnum and loropetalum.

A free seminar on growing and caring for blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs and grapes will be presented Monday, March 4 by Cobb County Extension Agent Cornelius Tarver at the Cobb County Water System Training Lab Facility, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. Registration is required. To register, please call (770) 528-4070.

New gardening books at CCPLS branches or on-order:

Simple green pest and disease control by Bo Flowerdew

Green roofs and rooftop gardens by Beth Hanson

Project garden: a month-by-month guide to planting, growing, and enjoying all your backyard has to offer by Stacy Tornio

Gardening projects for kids: 101 ways to get kids outside, dirty, and having fun by Whitney Cohen

Beginner’s illustrated guide to gardening: techniques to help you get started by Katie Elzer-Peters


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