The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County (MGHC), in association with the University of Tennessee Extension, add to their outreach programs with free monthly gardening classes open to the public. On Saturday, October 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, the topic will be “Nurturing Our Trees” presented by Tom Stebbins, UT/TSU Extension Agent for Hamilton County. MGHC classes take place at the UT Extension, Agricultural Service Center, 6183 Adamson Circle, located off Bonny Oaks Drive. For additional information and to register for the class, visit www.mghc.org.
In addition to his duties as UT Extension Agent, Tom Stebbins advises the Chattanooga Association of Landscape Professionals and Tennessee Valley Bee-Keepers Association. He notes, “We usually appreciate trees based on characteristics such as the size, interesting bark, flowering habit, foliage color, fruit, fragrance or texture. We should also understand that trees make important contributions to our yards and the urban landscape. Trees act as natural air conditioners, improve air quality by filtering out pollutants, and soak up storm runoff. They also increase property values and even lower our blood pressure! Come and find out more about the amazing world of trees and what you can do to create a tree-friendly environment!