Squash Surgery: A Tutorial (with video!)

When Tom and Arlene Whitten (EMG 2017) noticed the telltale signs of squash vine borer on their squash, they decided to take the unusual route of performing surgery in order to salvage their plants.  "I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain," said Arlene.  Added Tom, "This is what happens when you're... Continue Reading →

Master Gardeners and Just Food

Master Gardener Cindy Haines began donating leftover produce to area food banks in 2003. “We lived on a farm,” said Haines. “My husband Jim had a very productive vegetable garden and we were trying to figure out what to do with it.” Rather than compost the extras, they gave it to local agencies who made... Continue Reading →

Monarch Watch Demonstration Garden

The Monarch Watch demonstration garden is maintained and developed by Douglas County Master Gardeners and is situated on the University of Kansas West Campus. Professor Chip Taylor and his staff play a teaching role and instruct Master Gardeners about when to be aware of butterflies and caterpillars. Master Gardeners work with the Monarch Watch organization... Continue Reading →

Baldwin Demonstration Garden

The Baldwin City Demonstration Garden is tucked into a quiet corner of Baldwin’s busy downtown at the intersection of 8th Street and High Street in Tom Swan Park. Master Gardeners work to demonstrate how a wide variety of perennial and annual plants may be grown in a small, heavily used space. “Our focus is to... Continue Reading →

Native Medicinal Garden

Photo credit: Alison Dishinger The Native Medicinal Garden is a demonstration garden managed by the Douglas County Master Gardeners in collaboration with Kansas Biological Survey. “All of the plants in our garden are native to the Midwest and Great Plains except for culinary herbs,” explains Master Gardener Roxie McGee, one of the garden coordinators. “We... Continue Reading →

Fairgrounds Demonstration Garden

The Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at the Douglas County Fairgrounds serves to provide inspiration and education for a variety of landscapes. Kevin Nelson, Coordinator of the Demonstration Garden, explains, “Whatever your interests are, there is an example. We are here to demonstrate how plants grow in Kansas. The ten themed beds can provide ideas to... Continue Reading →

Roxie McGee holding silk cloth that was dyed using rose verbena leaves from the Native Medicinal Garden.  When did you start gardening? I don’t remember a time when I didn’t garden. I grew up on a farm and my mother made me do the weeding, which I hated because I wanted to be out on... Continue Reading →

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