Event to provide tips, gardening inspiration

Posted: Friday, October 01, 2010

Eileen Hosey believes that gardens make life richer and souls whole.

So in the spirit of sharing what it takes to make Juneau gardens grow, the Juneau Garden Club, of which Hosey is president this year, will be hosting their annual Falling for Gardens event from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday in the Egan Room of Centennial Hall.

The local club is inviting the public to hear, free of charge, from garden professionals on how to organize and plan an oriental garden, how to get involved in community programs such as "Adopt a Basket" and how to be part of the beautification of Juneau.

"We try to give people ideas to think about over the winter," Hosey said. "Our fall programs give people food for thought and give inspiration for next year."

Presenters this year include Darren Snyder from the UAF Cooperative Extension, Chris Mertl, a local landscape architect, and Merrill Jensen, a certified horticulturist and manager of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum.

Hosey said there will be plenty of time for attendees to ask questions and get advice on what works and what doesn't work when it comes to cultivating in the region's wet climate.

"The presenters are extremely philanthropic with their advice and expertise," she said. "These guys are A-plus, top notch and passionate about their professions."

The gardening club opens this event to the public because, as Hosey said, "it's all in the spirit of gardening."

"It's free because we love to garden," she said. "We've found that condensing information into something that's available to the public is really what it's all about. Everybody in (the gardening) community will share perennials, share advice and pull weeds in their neighbor's yard."

In all, Hosey hopes the public comes away from the event excited about the possibilities for their own garden and she hopes many will have learned a thing or two, as well.

"We just want to encourage people to come and have fun," she said.

• Contact Outdoors editor Abby Lowell at abby.lowell@juneauempire.com.

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