Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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Happy New Year to all our friends, neighbors, fellow gardeners and generous supporters. The weather may be chilly, but plans at the arboretum continue to perk along. Generous contributions helped us purchase and erect the hog fence that should deter our bristly neighbors from joining spring plans and planting.

We are excited about a new program that will be available to those who would be interested in a little bit of continuing education. “Nature U.” will present the first of a series of classes on Saturday, Jan. 20. Holly Ross will present Organic Gardening 101. Sign in time is 8:30 a.m., a chance for some coffee and scones, with the class be from 9-12. The fee for this class is $35. You will find out more about this educational opportunity at quitmanarboretum.com. Registration may also be secured online at this website. I’ll be the first to register . . . hope you will join me. What a great way to spend a cold Saturday morning.

As you walk the trails behind the Stinson House, you will notice the beautiful red berries on the nandinas growing there. With most of the leaves off the trees, this is an ideal time to take a leisurely walk through the woods, and see what nature has to offer on some of the 23 acres we maintain. This is also a good place to watch for signs of spring. So many plans, so little time. Come on out and join us on this adventure. Something new is just around each corner. The coffee is on.

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