I would like to invite youth & volunteers to an exciting NEW event for 2009! There will be a horticulture weekend brimming with hands-on workshops, speakers and field trips. Many of the details are getting ironed out, but I wanted to give this to you send out in order to save the date!
The weekend has special emphasis on the state 4-H Horticulture Contest with workshops that will be focused on the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the contest. Workshops might include plant identification utilizing plants in the unique collection of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Other workshop topics will be drawn from the NJHA study manual like turf topiaries or plant propagation. Read on below for some other workshop ideas.
Everyone (not just the youth interested in the contest) is invited and encouraged to attend! The weekend is intended for youth ages 8-19 with accompanying adults. The program will take place on the campus of NC State, primarily in Kilgore Hall (the horticulture bldg), Marye Anne Fox Undergraduate Student Teaching Labs (the greenhouses) and at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Lodging will be at the Fairfield Inn & Suites near Crabtree Mall. All lodging and registration will be done together.
For more information on the 4-H Horticulture Weekend: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/4hplantandsoils/hortweekend.html
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The 2009 4-H Horticulture Contest will be Monday, July 20th at 1:00 pm http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/4hplantandsoils/hortcontest.html
Registration is $50 due by April 15th. It includes registration fees, lodging on Saturday, April 25th, lunch and dinner on Saturday and a continental breakfast Sunday. Please see attached registration document.
The workshops are still being finalized, but potential topics will include:
Introductory Plant ID
Advanced Plant ID
Heirloom tomato grafting
Plant Nutrition- ie soils lab and setting up plant nutrition experiment
Turf Topiaries—grow different turfgrasses (turf ID) and make topiary structures covered with grass
Landscape Design course use design studio to create a project
(Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration form)