Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Twilight Horticulture Tour in Lawrence County July 10

Contact: Eldon Cole, livestock specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102
E-mail: colee@missouri.edu

MT. VERNON, Mo. -- The Lawrence County Extension Council invites the public to attend the annual “Lawrence County Twilight Horticulture Tour” starting at 6 p.m. on July 10.

The focus of the 2014 tour is community gardens and three gardens are on the tour.

The Verona 4-H club garden is in its first year, and includes beds of vegetables that are tended by the members of the Verona Wild Clovers 4-H club.  The club includes children from kindergarten to sixth grade.  The garden is located on grounds near Verona School.

A Harvest Supper celebrating the vegetable harvest is planned for later in the summer.  MU Extension specialists will discuss vegetable garden preparation and planting at this stop.

The tour begins just east of the Verona School on Ella Street.  Watch for the signs.

From there the tour goes to the Aurora United Methodist Church at 1211 South Carnation Drive. Also in its first year, the church garden the produce from this garden will supplement a sack lunch program that serves over 150 children each Saturday.  Topics of discussion at this garden include weed management.

The third garden on the tour is the Aurora Community Garden, located at the junction of Hwy. K and High Street across the road from Casey’s.  The garden was established over five years ago by MU Master Gardeners and members of the public.  Four families tend this garden and share in the harvest.  MU Extension specialists will share information at this stop on garden irrigation.

The tour is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and the Lawrence County Extension Council.  For more details call 417-466-3102.

A photo of tour coordinator Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension, at one of the tour stops, is available online for download at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/muextension417/14498992522/


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