The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County, in association with the University of Tennessee Extension, continue their third Saturday Free Public Gardening Classes online via Zoom in 2021. The next class takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m., featuring “What’s This Buzz About Native Plants” presented by Master Gardener Lisa Lemza.
The Zoom link to access this public class is available on the MGHC website: https://mghc.org/public-classes/.
Ms. Lemza said, “There's a lot of news about how essential native plants are in supporting the North American insect, pollinator, and bird populations. What does the science say? How can ordinary gardeners use this information to build beautiful, cheap, and easily maintained gardens, while also providing essential habitat for urban wildlife?”
Ms. Lemza is a lifetime master gardener whose home garden and gardening approach were featured in the March 2021 Chatter Magazine. She is an active member and former president of the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones, the local native plant society. She also co-chairs the community garden behind Grace Episcopal Church, where she is working to create a Level Two certified arboretum. Most recently, she co-manages the newly-formed Tri-State Chapter of the Tennessee Bluebird Society, which is dedicated to preserving bluebird habitats.