Winter Gardening Series to begin Jan. 21

The Green Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta announces the return of our annual Winter Gardening Series.

This year’s theme, “Gardening for a Healthy Planet,” focuses on ecological approaches to gardening practices and incorporates a wide range of speakers, including many from our partners, the Washington County Chapter of the OSU Master Gardeners and the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the West Virginia Master Naturalist. Classes begin Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall, 232 Third St. in Marietta. Two classes will be presented at each session with a second class offered at 2:45 p.m. All classes are free and open to the public.

On Jan. 21, Washington County OSU extension Agent, Marcus McCartney, will launch our series talking about “Creating Healthy and Productive Garden Soil” at 1:30. Long time, OSU Master Gardener, Bob Rothwell, will get into the mix with “Composting: Let It Rot” at 2:45. On 1/28, lifelong vegetable gardener, George Banziger will present “Eat It! Growing Nutritious Veggies,” at 1:30 followed by “Seed It! Seed Sowing and Saving” at 2:45, presented by a panel of OSU Master Gardener Volunteers, including Juanita Baker, Cindy Brown, and Bob Rothwell.

On February 18 at 1:30, ODNR Urban Forrester, Ann Bonner, will teach about “Backyard Tree Care,” with Carrie Brown of Dawes Arboretum continuing the discussion of trees with “Wild Seed Collection: Conserving Biodiversity One Seed at a Time” at 2:45. February 25 brings Naturalist Jason White on “Insects and Garden Ecology: The Good, The Bad, and the ‘What Is That’?” after which Katy Lustifin of the Friends of the Lower Muskingum will present “Pollinator Habitats.”

On March 11, the focus shines on flowers with Chris Hoke and Al Tuttle of Rising Moon Farm speaking on “Reaching for the Sun: A Sunflower Primer” and Lyndsay Beihl of Wild Root Flower Company discussing “Cut Flowers for the Home Garden.” The 2:45 session will bring Marcus McCartney, again, to address “Integrated Pest Management.” On March 18, Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Bonnie Buchman of Vibrant Wellness Center, will tell participants about “Dr. Bonnie’s Favorite Herbs: Uses and Growing Tips” at 1:30. The 2:45 class for that date is currently being scheduled. The final class, on March 25, will bring retired WVDNR botanist, Emily Grafton, to address the subject of “Invasive Plants: Problems, Controls, and Alternatives,” at 1:30 with WV Naturalist Andrew Clovis speaking about “Gardening for Wildlife” at 2:45.

Those who attend all the classes will get an early-bird shopping opportunity at FUUSM’s annual plant sale, date to be announced. Questions about the series can be addressed to Andrew Clovis via the First Unitarian Universalist Society at