Gardening & Farming

Published on March 8th, 2023 | by TLV News


Master Gardeners Volunteer Program Begins Spring Lecture Series Thursday, March 9 with “Mushrooms and Other Fungi”

The Lafayette County Master Gardeners are pleased to welcome the public to their Annual Spring Lecture Series which will be held in the Dotsy A. Fitts Auditorium of the Public Library at 401 Bramlett Boulevard. Parking is available at the library or across the street at the Oxford Skate Park. The first speaker will be Dr. Jason Hoeksema, Professor of Biology at the University of Mississippi, who will provide a lecture on “Mushrooms and Other Fungi” on Thursday, March 9 at noon. This talk will be beneficial for anyone interested in identifying mushrooms or growing them at home. For more information or questions follow us on Facebook or visit our website at, or call the MSU Extension Office at 662-234-4451

The Lafayette County Master Gardener Association (LCMGA) is sponsored and directed by Mississippi State University Extension. Through this program, individuals receive forty hours of on-line training on a wide variety of gardening and landscape topics. After completing the training, members provide 20 hours of volunteer service and obtain 12 hours of educational training annually to maintain their certification. The next class begins in the fall of 2023. Information can be found by clicking here or searching for Publication 3592 at this link. 

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is a great way to gain gardening expertise at a low cost, meet other enthusiastic gardeners, share gardening experiences, reach out to the community, and promote research based gardening.  

Cooler months are the perfect time for garden planning. If you need suggestions for your ornamental or vegetable gardening, a team of Master Gardeners will come to your property and assist you by answering questions and suggesting plant material. Following the consultation, you will receive a written report from you LCMGA Team.  There is no charge to the property owner for this service. Master Gardeners can be reached by leaving a message at the MSU Extension Office 662-234-4451. A home consultant specialist will contact you to schedule a visit or answer questions.

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