The Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park opens its 2024 season of classes with Composting: Black Gold for Your Garden, to be held in the Gardens Greenhouse on Saturday, February 10 at 10:00 am. The class will be taught by Master Gardener Karin Carmichael and will feature instruction on the simplest and least physically challenging methods to create a compost bed.
The methods Mrs. Carmichael will share can apply to any age group, price range, and size of yard. She will demonstrate preparing a potting mix using compost. Time permitting, participants will learn how to transplant root-bound plants.
Mrs. Carmichael earned a degree in Secondary Education with a major in Biology from Auburn University. She taught in the public and private sectors in the Montgomery area for over 25 years. After retiring, she took the Master Gardener course and has been a member of the Capitol City Master Gardener Association for the past 18 years, where she has held office and served as chairperson for numerous committees.
Two achievements Mrs. Carmichael is proud of include her involvement in establishing and maintaining the greenhouse at the Montgomery Botanical Gardens and serving as chair of the Master Gardener Montgomery Botanical Gardens Project Committee. In her capacity as chair of volunteers for the MBG Committee, she leads other Master Gardeners in activities that improve and enhance the Gardens. This committee has built three pollinator gardens, two circular entrance beds, and a sensory garden and has planted hundreds of bulbs and other plants.
Because of weather concerns, the Composting class will be taught in the Botanical Gardens greenhouse, which was funded by the Capitol City Master Gardeners Association. Parking will be available in the fenced parking lot next to the greenhouse, with entry on Lake Street.
Upcoming classes include Trees and Shrubbery; Backyard Wildlife Habitat, on Saturday, March 9 at 10:00 am; and Physical Therapy for Gardeners on Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 am. These classes will be held in the Wisdom Wood Outdoor Classroom if weather conditions permit. Participants may bring folding chairs for these two sessions if they wish.