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Lawrence KS 66046

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Upcoming 2023 Events 

Advice for your next landscaping project                           February 28th

It can be a daunting project to create or re-design a perennial flower bed. Adding new trees and shrubs to your landscape is a commitment. Come chat with KSRE Master Gardeners about your 2023 landscaping plans, we can help.

Tuesday, Feb. 28th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm; Sign-up for a 30-minute chat with a Douglas County Master Gardener.

The Douglas County Master Gardeners are happy to discuss with you your landscaping plans and answer your questions, but will not be providing professional drawings or designs. This is an opportunity for you to bounce ideas off of folks who can advise you on plant selection and placement and offer design options. Please bring pictures or sketches showing the area of your landscape with which you need help.

There are only 20 slots available so sign up HERE.

Location: 2110 Harper St., Dreher Family 4-H Building


Water Gardening – Mini to Magnificent                               March 4th

Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners are pleased to provide a free, one-day workshop on water gardening on Saturday, March 4. The workshop will be given by Kelly Billing, an international aquatic plant specialist, water garden designer, consultant and author with 34 years’ experience in the water garden industry. Kelly compiled and currently maintains the regulated aquatic plant list in the U.S.  and recently served on the board of directors for the International Waterlily and Water Garden Society.

The workshop will be held in the Flory Building on the 4-H Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St., Lawrence, KS from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Check-in and refreshments will be 8:30 to 9, first session 9 to 11:30, lunch on your own, and second session 1 to 3:30. The morning session will focus on finding balance in water gardens. Kelly will share innovative approaches to achieve balance using natural plant materials while empowering the ecosystem.  During the afternoon session, participants will discover creative options for establishing low-maintenance, big and small gardens with traditional aquatic plants, waterlilies, and lotus. Hands on practice dividing lotus will be available as well.

Registration is required for one or both sessions. The workshop is free but registration prior to the event is required as space is limited.


A limited supply of Kelly’s book, The Lotus: Know It and Grow It, will be available for purchase and author signature.


2023 Extension Master Gardener Monthly Education Programs

All programs start at 10:15 am and are approximately 1 hour long. All programs are free and open to the public and are held in the North room of the Dreher 4-H Family Building on the Douglas County fairgrounds.

January 21 (Saturday): Permaculture, presented by Amber Dunn

February 15 (Wednesday): Resources for Extension Master Gardeners, presented by EMGs Susie Nightingale, Hazlett Henderson, and Terese O'Neill

March 18 (Saturday): TBD

April 19 (Wednesday): Tree Risk Assessment, presented by Tyler Fike, city of Lawrence/Horticulture Department

May 20 (Saturday): Lawns to Landscape, presented by Sharon Ashworth, Horticulture and Natural Resources Agent for Douglas County

June 14 (Wednesday): Climate/Gardening/Water, presented by Frank Reilly (speaker will be remote)

July 15 (Saturday): Photography in the Garden, presented by EMG Aundrea Walker

August 16 (Wednesday): History of Black Farming in Lawrence, presented by Cody Heines

September 16 (Saturday): Hop Growing and Beer Brewing, presented by Chris Koster

October 18 (Wednesday): Gardening As We Age, presented by EMG Kevin Nelson

-More Updates Closer to the Date-