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Straw Bale Gardening and Twilight Gardens are Next Two Potting Shed University Programs

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Katie Steinhoff working in the raised beds at the Botanical Center.

Katie Steinhoff working in the raised beds at the Botanical Center.

A straw bale garden at the home of Rebecca Landsdown was her first and bountiful vegetable garden. This year she plans to double the size.

A straw bale garden at the home of Rebecca Landsdown was her first and bountiful vegetable garden. This year she plans to double the size.SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Straw Bale Gardening and Twilight Gardens are the topics of the next two Potting Shed University programs taught by members of the Master Gardeners of Greene County.

Both classes in the Potting Shed University series are from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.

“Straw Bale Gardening” will be taught by Mark Bernskoetter on April 11. He will teach how to grow many vegetables directly in a bale of straw.

“It has the convenience of a raised bed and the versatility of something that could be located somewhere different every year, or left in the same place without concerns about needing to rotate crops,” said Bernskoetter.

“Twilight Gardens” will be taught Katie Steinhoff, Botanical Center Coordinator, on April 18. The classes will focus on outdoor living spaces that stimulate the sense after the sun sets.

“This program discusses design elements and plant selections with the heat sensitive, working class, perpetual student and party host in mind,” said Steinhoff.

Each class will cost $5 per person (pay in advance at the Botanical Center gift shop or pay at the door). More information is available online at www.mggreene.org or by calling the Greene County Extension Center at (417) 881-8909.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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