Our world is changing, faster than we would like sometimes. Words like green, sustainable, carbon footprint and recycle have become everyday conversation. Gardening can go a long way in making a difference for us, and for future generations. 

The people of Henry County have at their disposal great resources such as the Henry County UT Extension and the Henry County Master Gardeners Club.

The 2020 Henry County Master Gardener classes will begin on Jan. 30. Residents of Henry County and surrounding areas can learn everything from the soil up. 

Topics will vary from vegetable and container gardening, to lawn and tree management. Renowned speakers from our local area and from across the state teach classes throughout the class period. 

There is something for everyone, no matter what age, or how green your thumb may or may not be. 

You’re never too old or too young to learn the valuable lessons that can be obtained during those classes and beyond.

Master Gardeners share their many talents, knowledge and labor in their communities to help make them the wonderful places they are. The more active members we have the more we can do for our own community to make it greener, and more attractive to us and those who visit our great city. 

Teaching not only ourselves but our children about gardening with flowers and vegetables will help future generations keep our cities, counties, and our world a cleaner and more beautiful place to live.

These inexpensive 11 classes, at a cost of $100 an individual or $120 a couple, will last from Jan. 30 through March 5. Classes are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The few hours of community service required each year are a great way to share, learn and give back to the place we call home. 

It is a great group of people, and a great way to act on those environmentally conscious words that are becoming common in our daily lives.

To reserve a seat in this year’s class, contact the Henry County UT Extension by Tuesday. 

The Extension office is located at 1120 Tyson Ave. in Paris and is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. 


RANSON GOODMAN is an agricultural agent for the Henry County Extension Service. Contact him at the Extension office at 642-2941 or by email at rgoodman@utk. edu.

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