Macon County Master Gardeners Open House

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Macon County Master Gardeners invites the public to visit their gardens at the Environmental Resource Center on Saturday, June 23. The gardens will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Located at 1624 Lakeside Drive, Franklin. The gardens include trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs and fruits that thrive in our area. Wonderful ideas for practical home landscaping are shown in the woody ornamental, butterfly, meditation, heritage, herb and rock gardens. Light refreshments will be served, and door prizes given. The public is cordially invited. The gardens are part of the educational work of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

The Open Garden Day at the Environmental Resource Center will include 3 programs. Do you wish you had more butterflies, birds and bees in your garden? Come learn how to attract these and welcome visitors to your garden.

10:30 a.m. – Kay Coriell, “Gardening for Butterflies,”  Kay is the originator of the Butterfly Garden on the Franklin Greenway. For 34 years she’s been gardening in Franklin. Her home garden is a certified Wildlife habitat. An active conservationist and environmentalist she has served as president and board member of both Friends of the Greenway and the Nantahala Hiking Club. She monitors threatened and endangered species in our area for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

11:30 a.m. – Barbara McRae, “Birds in the Garden”. Barbara is well known in the region for her articles in The Franklin Press. You and your friends know her as an authority on birds as well as Macon County History. Here’s a chance to meet and learn from her.

12:30 p.m. – Don Erickson, “Gardening for Bees” Don and Sandi Erickson started keeping bees in Franklin in 2012, raising them as naturally as possible. Don traces his interest in gardening to his Grandfather and Mother. Today he’s as organic gardener with vegetables, fruits, an orchard, chickens, guinea hens, ducks, and bees. He collects rainwater for the garden.

Written by:  Mary Stone