Gulf Coast Gardening

IMG_2804Instructor: Bill Finch

Cost: $100 for MBG members; $125 for non-members

Session 1
7 Tuesdays
August 12 – September 23, 2014.  1-3 p.m.

Session 2
7 Wednesdays
August 13 – September 24, 2014.  6-8 p.m.


Improved and expanded for 2014 – now SEVEN classes show you how to garden in our unique Gulf Coast environment. Bill Finch, longtime garden columnist for the Press Register, author, and all around garden guy will bring you up to speed on the Gulf Coast’s six seasons (yes, six), preparing your soil, mulching, pruning, spotting disease, and many other tips and tricks informative to novice and expert gardeners alike.

Get ready for fall gardening – beans, broccoli, cabbage, garlic and more!

This course not only teaches you how to think like a gardener – it teaches you how to get the most from gardening in one of the world’s most distinctive gardening environments. When you complete this course, you’ll know what plants need to thrive in the seasons and soils of the Gulf Coast; how you can get 12 months of bloom; and how you can make peace with and even enjoy our exuberant garden life. We teach gardeners how to think for themselves, but we also provide proven formulas and techniques that will dramatically improve the success of both beginning and experienced gardeners.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 251-342-0555 to reserve your space.


Shade Gardening



Tuesday, August 26, 6-8 pm

$25 members; $35 non-members

No sunlight? No problem! Shade-loving plants can create a very different and beautiful type of garden. Bring photos of your shady spot for recommendations.


Fall Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, September 6, 9-11 am

$25 members; $35 non-members

Now is the time to start planning if you want to cultivate the fruits of the cool season. A Fall garden is a delight – garlic, lettuces, fennel, greens, winter squash and more. Learn how and when to plant for high harvest and low maintenance. We’ll go over the  planting calendar,  provide recommendations, and talk about where to find the best plants and seeds.


Herb Day 2014

Herbs A-Z

Saturday, September 20, 2014
9 am-Noon
Sponsored by MBG and the Gulf Coast Herb Society

New for 2014! A Make and Take Herb Day where you’ll learn the basics of growing and using herbs from A-Z and take home your own herb sampler.

You’ll also be treated to an herb themed lunch, door prizes, silent auction, plus a mini market of hard to find herbs and other herb related items. Since it’s a make and take, seating is limited to 80, and PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED. $30/person.

Click here to download your registration form and send it with check to the Gulf Coast Herb Society today! Registration deadline is September 12.

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  • The popular and informative GCHS cookbooks Tea Time in the Herb Garden and HERBS: A Reason to Season
  • A selection of hard to find herbs that do well on the Gulf Coast
  • Herb-related gift items
  • Silent auction of unique herbal and gardening items, many handmade by GCHS members

Cool Season Annuals

oriental-poppyOctober 7, 2014

You can grow hollyhocks, poppies and more on the Gulf Coast! We’ll show you how and help get you started. Tues. 1-3 pm. Members $25, non-members $35.