We had a thoroughly enjoyable and educational visit to the historic home of Bill Cooper and Martin Meeks. Martin is a Preservation Architect and has been a consultant on many historical renovations in the Upstate. The house he purchased, called Mountain Shoals, was built in 1838 and some of the trees surrounding the house are about the same age. In fact, shown is a picture of a Southern Elm that was rooted in 1865 and has grown around one of the original granite yard posts. Through much research, Martin has learned about masonic symbolism that is contained in many of the historic gardens as many landowners were Freemasons. For example, the square represents mortality. The layout of the garden at Mountain Shoals conveys gifts of a long life, a family, and good health. Please see the Photo Gallery for more pictures.
We will be visiting the local historic Mountain Shoals Plantation home and gardens owned by Mr. Martin Meeks and Mr. Bill Cooper. These gentlemen will welcome us into their home and give us a tour of the property on Saturday, October 28th at 2:00 p.m. The address is 105 Parker Road in Enoree. I'm told parking is minimal so if you can carpool, it would be helpful.
The LCMGA Annual Meeting was held on September 16, 2023, at the Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center. A quorum was in attendance. Food and fellowship were enjoyed by all. Tanya Towne was elected President, Sherry Edwards was elected Secretary, and Connie Daniels was elected Treasurer. We are extremely grateful to our Past President Pat Moberg for keeping the organization together during the pandemic.
We had a very pleasant morning seeing the greenhouses at Roses Unlimited. There are so many varieties of roses that it is difficult to decide which one you might light the best! Thanks so much to Bill Patterson for taking time out of his busy Saturday to show us a plethora of beautiful roses! There is a lot to do when you have so many roses that want to show off their beauty.
TEAM Ecology is a program designed for 3rd grade students. It is held annually at the Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center in Laurens, S.C. Topics covered include Soils, Vermicomposting, Recycling, Nature Trail Hike, Enviroscape Watershed model and Enviroscape Landfill model, Puppet Show with Woodland animals along with a nature art project.
This week-long program could not be held without the efforts of many volunteers. It takes a lot of people to make Team Ecology successful. The only requirement to be a volunteer is to enjoy being around children.
All of the public school 3rd-grade students come to the center to learn about composting, pollinators, recycling, soils, watersheds, and more.
In 2022, we had 40 adult volunteers! It takes a lot of help to organize and teach 700 third graders in a week.
Click on the Team Ecology logo above to sign up.
Tired of those pesky insects invading your home? Want to learn how to win the battle?
Laurens County Master Gardeners in conjunction with Clemson Extension Service is offering a webinar presented by Vicky Bertagnolli, Extension Agent from Aiken County, entitled “Identifying and Managing Common Household Insects” on Feb 16, 2023 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) via Zoom.
The program is free and open to the public. To join the Zoom meeting please register for the webinar by clicking the FIND OUT MORE button below
While the current students are taking their final exam upstairs at the Adair Center, the annual meeting of the Laurens County Master Gardener Association will be held downstairs at 6:00 p.m. After the annual meeting and the completion of the exam by the students, a delicious pot-luck dinner will be enjoyed by all!
Where: Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center
110 Scout Creek Court, Laurens, S.C. 29360
When: December 6 at 7:00 p.m. for dinner and 6:00 p.m. for annual meeting
The Laurens County Extension Office will offer an in-person Master Gardener Volunteer Training course this fall. It will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. starting on August 16. For more information visit Extension's webpaweb page: https://www.clemson.edu/extension/laurens/mg/index.html
A soil sample drop box has been installed on the front porch of the Laurens Extension Office. It can be used to submit Soil, Hay, Forage or Compost samples. Do not include payment with your samples. For that purpose you will find a self-addressed enveloped in the bin next to the drop box. Enclose your check made payable to Clemson University and send it on to the Ag Lab.
Please note that the drop box is not to be used for manure samples or weeds for identification. Those should be sent directly to the Ag Lab by the client.
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