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GardenQuest Workshops at Library Finalized

By Katina Van Chronkite
Friends of the East Atlanta Library (FEAL) has announced the details of GardenQuest, six workshops taught by local and notable gardeners, arborists, and landscape designers on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. The workshops are designed to inspire both novice and seasoned, East Atlanta and area gardeners and help them prepare for spring planting. Everyone is invited to the event sponsored by Garden*Hood.
“East Atlanta is filled with veteran and nationally recognized gardeners and advocates who love to share their wealth of knowledge. We are so fortunate to have them living among us in the neighborhood and willingly sharing their expertise,” said Henry Bryant, FEAL program chair.
On Saturday, from 10:00am to 11:30pm, Glynis Ward will lead Affordable Organic Gardening from the Ground Up, taking participants on site to the EAV Farmer’s Market garden to help prepare for its spring planting. Mary Yetter, co-leader of the Brownwood Community Garden, will also go on site in her workshop, Secrets to Amazing Backyard Compost held from noon to 1:30pm.
Veteran garden designer Brooks Garcia will demonstrate from 2:00pm to 3:00pm how to create containers full of flowers, herbs, and edible plants in his workshop Contain Yourself! Creating Special Gardens in Containers. This is followed by Unique Plants and Designs for the Garden by Garden*Hood owner and GardenQuest sponsor Scott McMahan from 3:30pm to 4:40pm. Scott will present a photo lecture about his travels to collect rare and unusual plants in Southeast Asia and how to incorporate exotic plants into your garden landscape.
Especially for the children ages four to ten, Garden*Hood will present Butterflies, Ladybugs, Bees, and Me! This is an interactive outdoor planting project where the kids can roll up their sleeves and help plant big tubs full of veggies, herbs, and flowering companion plants that will attract beneficial insects to the library plaza. There is no charge for this workshop, but space is limited, and registration is required.
GardenQuest will conclude on Sunday, April 1 with arborist Robbie Astrove’s A Walk to Remember Among the Trees workshop from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Robbie will lead a casual walk through the East Atlanta neighborhood and talk about up to 20 different varieties of trees and bushes that produce fruit and nuts. He will cover planting, care, and characteristics of different species.
Students from Burgess-Peterson Academy will also be on-hand Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm in the library plaza selling their own student-grown seedlings for $2 each. Garden*Hood discounts will be available to attendees.
All workshops begin in the meeting room of the East Atlanta Library. Each adult workshop costs $5 for FEAL members and $10 for non-FEAL members. The children’s workshop is free. Participants may join FEAL when they register to receive the discounted registration fee. Workshop flyers and registration forms are available at the East Atlanta Library. Space is limited, and early registration is advised.
For more information, contact Henry Bryant at 404-377-0377.

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