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Join us in the garden from April to October for First Saturdays! Master Gardeners will be on hand from 8 a.m. to around 11 a.m. to answer your gardening questions. Education sessions will start at 9 a.m. Each month the food crop session will be first followed by the native plant session which will follow immediately after the food crop session (sometime between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m.).

All sessions at Unity Park and Community Gardens are weather dependent. Check our Facebook Page for updates at Unity Park & Community Gardens | Lenoir NC.

April 1st Program

Food Crops – Plotting in the Garden – Will include information on how why our crops are planted in the selected beds, succession planting, and crop protection. Native Plants – Spring Bloomers – What’s blooming or will soon bloom, ideas for planting for spring blooms.

May 6th Program

Food Crops – Going Vertical in the Garden – Garden tour showing trellising ideas

Native Plants Potting Up – Did you winter sow some native seeds? What’s next – Learn how to pot up the young plants.

June 3rd Program

Food Crops – Gardening in Squares – What is square foot gardening? How to use square foot gardening to grow vegetables for your table! Native Plants – June Bloomers – What’s blooming now or will soon bloom – ideas for planting for summer blooms.

July 1st Program

Food Crops – Grow Herbs in the Garden – Learn some tips for growing herbs to flavor your food. Native Plants Native Herbs Anyone? – Yes there are some native herbs to add to your garden!

August 5th Program

Food Crops – Fall Cover Crops for Garden Beds – Planting cover crops to improve soil nutrition and add organic material to your garden beds. Native PlantsPrepare a Native Bed – Learning about preparing a native bed for planting next year.

September 2nd Program

Food Crops – Calories from the Garden – Planning your 2024 garden – what are calorie dense crops? Native Plants – Fall Bloomers – What’s blooming now and will soon bloom – ideas for planting for fall blooms.

October 7th Program

Food Crops – Spice it Up – Growing Ginger and Peppers – Ginger, peppers – Harvesting and methods of preserving. Native Plants –  Planting Native Plants and Seeding – October is the time to get those native plants in the ground.

We hope to see some new faces out at UPCG (Unity Park & Community Gardens) and look forward to discussing some of our favorite topics on gardening.

You can always find gardening advice and resources at your local extension agency or you can visit us online at