for 7th straight year
n Beginning in 2003 a small group of Master Gardeners started a home gardener call-in service named the Hort Line. This free, all volunteer service begins its seventh year as you read this column. The Hort Line is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m.
This home gardener answer service provides answers to questions on nearly any subject concerning a home/family garden. We are not able to provide service to commercial growers. Volunteer Master Gardeners can assist with questions concerning plant material, annuals and perennials, turf grass, vegetable gardens, trees, fruits, nuts, fertilizers, diagnostics, weeds, insects and landscapes.
Quite often we pass along questions to the experts at the Mississippi State Extension Service for assistance. Some questions may require an extra day or two.
Home gardeners should feel free to bring samples of plant materials or insect problems to the Lee County Extension Service located at 5338 Cliff Gookin Blvd. in Tupelo. Bring items during the regular hours as listed above to make certain a volunteer is present.
Here are the telephone numbers to call: In Lee County, (662) 620-8280; outside local service, (866) 920-4678.
You may call these numbers at any time and leave your name and telephone number and we will return the call as early as possible.
Finally, feel free to visit the Internet at the following address for more garden information: www.msucares.com.
Reginald Rose, a Master Gardener, is a trained volunteer of the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
MSU, arts team up
for new garden expo
n Don't forget that Mississippi gardeners will have an opportunity to attend a new exposition this weekend honoring plants and all things related to them.
The "Everything Garden Expo" will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Mississippi Horse Park, located on Mississippi State University's South Farm. Doors will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5, and children 7 and younger are admitted free.
Speakers and seminar leaders scheduled include garden columnist Norman Winter, radio personality Nellie Neal (Garden Mama), daylily authority Milo Burnham and Southern garden guru Felder Rushing.
For more information, visit WWW.starkvillearts.org/ or call (662) 320-9574.
Daily Journal report