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Renowned author & lecturer to address Master Gardeners

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Barbara Pleasant

On Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at Kingston Parish Hall at 370 Main St. in Mathews, the Mathews/Middlesex Master Gardeners will hold the final lecture in their 2014 Winter Lecture Series. Barbara Pleasant will speak to the public on “Organic Gardening the Easy Way.”

Pleasant is a well known author and lecturer and an organic gardener in Floyd County. She is a Master Gardener who received her training in Alabama, and is a contributing editor for Mother Earth News, the prominently known gardening and small farming magazine. 

She has also written several books. The best known of these is “The Complete Compost Gardening Guide.” It is considered the definitive book on composting by knowledgeable gardeners. Other gardening books written by her are “Starter Vegetable Gardens,” a large format book with lots of designs and diagrams, and “The Complete House Plant Survival Manual, and Garden Stone: Creative Landscaping with Plants and Stone.”

Pleasant’s blog, “GrowVeg,” was awarded the Silver Award of Achievement by the Garden Writers’ Association in 2013. Her long-running “Gardening Know How” column in Mother Earth News had previously received that award. She has also written two books of historical fiction: “The Teaching Mission, 1860” and “The Dug Road, 1799.”

Pleasant is also a painter and an excellent photographer. Her talk on April 1 will be illustrated by many of her pictures taken in her garden.

This event is open to the public and the admission is free. A canned good or non-perishable food item donation for Hands Across Mathews is appreciated. Please contact the Mathews Extension Office at 725-7196 for additional information such as directions or disability accommodations.

This lecture is sponsored by the Mathews/Middlesex Master Gardeners, a division of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, whose mission is to provide an effective network of gardening programs and activities to enhance the community, protect the environment and educate others in good gardening practices. Information on becoming a Master Gardener will be available at the program.

posted 03.26.2014

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