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Learn to spruce up your crepe myrtles

The Master Gardeners of Adams County would like to invite the public for a free hands-on crepe myrtle pruning demonstration.

Crepe myrtles enhance the beauty of the landscape with not only their colorful flowers but also with their beautiful form. Twisting, curving trunks and branches uplift leaves and flowers with grace. They provide reliable interest and variations of color in yards and along streets all around Natchez.

Sometimes, however, poor air circulation and storm damage invite decay, and haphazard sucker growth disguises a tree’s full potential.

The good news is that this can be remedied with just a little help.

The demonstrations will be at the Natchez City Cemetery and will meet at 9 a.m. this Thursday and Jan. 31, Feb. 14 and 28. Participants may attend any or all of the days. Bring loppers or hand pruners if you have them.

The techniques are not difficult and can even be fun and slightly addictive. There will be plenty of opportunities to watch, practice, and ask questions. Please come and enjoy the fresh air of the outdoors while learning to help reveal the beauty of these botanical works of art.

The Master Gardeners are a non-profit group dedicated to research based gardening education through the Mississippi State University Extension office.

Adams County is fortunate to have one of largest and most active groups in the state.

Horticulture training is provided by the extension service in exchange for volunteer hours.

It is a wonderful way to learn about gardening, meet others with similar interests, and share experiences while serving the community.

A new class will be offered this spring for anyone interested in joining.

Classes will meet from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 12 through March 21.

For more information, contact the Extension Office at 601-445-8201 or adams@ext.msstate.edu.


Tevah Saxon is an Adams County Master Gardener volunteer.