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Kick Off Spring Planting with MCTC Horticulture Classes

April 5, 2021
by Mary Morris

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about planting those gardens. Whether you’re interested in growing your own food, designing a visually pleasing garden layout, or both, Maysville Community & Technical College (MCTC) Workforce Solutions is offering Horticulture Continuing Education Classes that can help improve your results.

These courses will be held at Cummins Nature Preserve, located at 3049 Picket Lane in Maysville, KY.

To pre-register call 606-759-7141 Ext. 66120 or email


Basic Planting Series, Part I - $29 *Price covers Part I & II 

Thursday, April 8, 5:30-8 p.m. 

If you know a small amount about planting gardens but could use more information about how to be more successful, this class can help. We will have fun learning basics about blending soils and when and how seeds should be planted. We will begin with soils and irrigation practices, the building blocks of a good foundation for growing healthy plants.

Basic Planting Series, Part II 

Thursday, April 15th, 5:30-8 p.m. 

We will get more creative in this session and talk about which plants are better to plant with seed and which should be planted from mature plants, which will be provided for you. We will create a model garden at Cummin’s and talk about container versus in ground plantings. You’ll receive all materials for the garden, and at least a combined seed/plants for 12 plants. 

SCENTSATIONAL Plant Celebration! - $29

Tuesday April 20, 5:30-8 p.m. 

We will explore native medicinal plants by viewing them in their natural habitats within Cumin’s Preserve. Why are some used for their chemical compounds, and why can others NOT be used? Receive a scented aromatherapy oil.

Pollinator Plant Party - $15 

Tuesday, April 27, 5:30-8 p.m. 

Why are pollinators the STARS of regional gardens? We will talk about specific types of pollinators, how are they different, and why it’s necessary to have a relationship between pollinators and insects or animals to create positive results. Plant two and take one home.

Plant Care Package Giveaways - $15 *All proceeds are optional and benefit Plant Package donations.

Thursday, May 6, 5:30-8 p.m. 

Understand basic planting procedures for positively productive fruit and veggie results this year. Receive a mixture of 3 of the following plants: peppers, tomatoes, beans, onions, and herbs. 

Woodland Gardens - $10 

Thursday, May 20th, 5:30-8 p.m.

Woodland garden themes span centuries throughout this country. These themes often conjure romantic versions of delicate ferns and rustic, undulating pathways in forested settings. BUT, many woodland plants have evolved into interesting, and often alluring poisonous, yet beautiful plants. We will assess design components, some individual plants that should be noted within Cummin’s Preserve, and how some of them may be used in themed gardens.


Do you have questions about specific classes or agricultural needs? Contact Carrie Taylor, Adult Agriculture Instructor and Associate Professor with MCTC Workforce Solutions at or 606-759-7141 Ext. 66232.