Wednesday, February 26, 2014

March 8: 'Grapes Production' Viticulture and 'Backyard Basics' Symposium

Weekends in March and April are often packed with exciting lectures in the gardening world - so many, it's often hard to choose what to attend.

Here are two Piedmont events on Saturday, March 8, 2014 - register soon!
Grape Production Workshop
Time:  Saturday, March 8 from 10 - noon. 
Location: Adams Vineyard and Winery, 3390 John Adams Rd., Willow Springs, NC 27593.
Contact: Shawn Banks, Consumer Horticulture Agent at (919) 989-5380. 

This will be a great opportunity to learn from the Viticulture Specialist at NC State University, Dr. Sara Spayd, about producing grapes in Eastern North Carolina. Dr. Spayd will speak on grape variety selection, trellising, and pruning grape vines. After the workshop you will have the chance to visit the gift shop at the winery to get something to take home.
Backyard Gardening: Getting Down to Basics

Time:  March 8, registration at 8:30 a.m.
Location:  First Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall, 222 Young St., Henderson, NC.
CONTACT: Paul McKenzie, NC Cooperative Extension, 252-438-8188;
SPONSOR: Kerr Lake Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (KLEMGV)

"Backyard Gardening: Getting Down to Basics" will offer four diverse topics and speakers including: herbs, small-scale vegetable gardening, edible flowers and plants and vermicomposting.

Rhonda Sherman, an NCSU extension specialist better known as the “The Compost Queen” for her leadership in vermiculture technology, will be keynote speaker during lunch preceding an optional Worm Bin Construction Workshop. Sherman’s extensive background in solid waste management and environmental resources has led her to work with communities throughout the United States as well as with 92 countries interested in vermiculture. In addition, since 2001, she has coordinated an annual conference on large-scale vermicomposting, which currently remains the only such training available worldwide.


 9:15 a.m.: “All About Herbs”: John Wrenn of J&B Herb and Plant Farm

10:15 a.m.:  “Small Scale Vegetable Gardening”: Lyn Frye, the Granville Gardeners

11:15 a.m.:  “The Beauty of Edible Plants in Garden Design”: Julieta Sherk, NCSU Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Noon: Lunch and “Nurturing Soil and Plants with Vermicompost:”: Rhonda Sherman, 

1:30-3 p.m.: Optional Worm Bin Workshop (requires additional registration and fee for all materials to make bin, plus one pound of starter worms to “eat your garbage”)

Early Bird Registration for the basic symposium (including lunch, excluding workshop) is $15 and ends March 1; afterwards, the registration fee is $20. 
Early registration for the symposium plus workshop is $40; after March 1, the fee is $50.

More information and registration forms may be downloaded online at For more information, contact or call NCSU Cooperative Extension Vancegarden. Phone 252-438-8188 (Vance); 252-257-3640 (Warren).

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