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Flower to the People

New learning opportunities for home gardeners.

June 30, 2011
Debra Lordan
Editor/General Manager

After my “loved ones” dubbed my little greenhouse “Deb’s Plant Mortuary,” I gave up murdering defenseless green beans, has-beans and other green beings to become a steady patron of local farmers markets.

But nationally, there has been an increased interest in home gardening. For many, the joy of getting “down and dirty” in the backyard has become fashionable again because folks are spending more time at home—although sometimes, not by choice.

This trend is clearly reflected in Maui County, where the ranks of gardening enthusiasts have expanded even further due to a seedy economy (Maui has the highest unemployment rate in the state) and a desire to avoid skyrocketing food costs whenever possible.

Especially on Maui, there seems to be a rising trend toward small-scale growers, organic food production, diversified agriculture and urban horticulture because we are recognizing a need for a sustainable and ecologically responsible approach to food production.

Fortunately, the Home Gardening Support Network (HGSN) announced recently that it will provide learning opportunities through timely, educational gardening programs, classes and workshops.

“These programs are aimed at enabling participants to meet their gardening needs, while helping them make the right environmental decisions for ecologically sustainable landscapes,” said HGSN Founder and CEO Anne Gachuhi, the former University of Hawai‘i extension agent and Maui Master Gardener coordinator.

These new gardening classes will offer a wide scope of topics, such as growing in the tropics, vegetable gardening, home fruit production, pests and disease control, low-input lawn care, organic gardening techniques, container gardening, pruning, landscape design, trees and shrubs, gardening with children, healthy soils-healthy plants, backyard composting, beneficial insects, plant propagation, edible landscapes, growing olive trees, ergonomics–smart body gardening, therapeutic gardening and many more.

When it comes to nurturing nature, it seems that (unlike some editors) Gardening Guru Gachuhi knows it all, and she aims to bring this flower power to the people at various locations near you.



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