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Gardening in the Shade workshop offered Aug. 14 at Appalachian

BOONE—The High Country Gardening community outreach series presents Gardening in the Shade II Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Appalachian State University Biology Greenhouse at 333 Dale St. directly across from the State Farm parking lot. Participants should park directly next to the greenhouse.

This workshop is a continuation of a July class on successful gardening in the shade. The session, led by biology department greenhouse manager Jerry Meyer, will continue to explore plants that thrive in less sunlight. The focus will switch from trees and shrubs to the selection of beautiful, winter hardy perennials and native wildflowers.

Meyer will offer more tips on shade gardening and discuss planting, care and long-term maintenance. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about your property’s shady environments. Having attended the July class would be helpful, but anyone who is interested may register.

There is no fee for the class, but donations are appreciated. You may register for any one of the following sessions: 8-9:45 a.m., or noon-1:45 p.m. Register by e-mailing or calling 262-4025. For those who have attended previous classes in the series, note that these sessions are slightly longer than normal.

The biology department has a conservatory now boasting nearly 600 species of tropical, subtropical, and temperate plants. Feel free to visit weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Group tours are available upon prearrangement.

A plant sale will be announced soon.