LunchLearn-2Saturday, April 18th signals the beginning of the fifth year for the award winning gardening series, “Lunch and Learn.”  The Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association sponsors these free Saturday noon programs at the Gazebo at the Port Royal Farmers’ Market at Heritage Park. Lectures, workshops and classes are led by local professionals and Master Gardeners.


         “Gardening in this climate can be challenging; the only weather we can be absolutely LunchLearnsure of is ‘hot and humid.’ These classes are valuable sources of information from gardeners who have experience in gardening in this unique climate.” says the program’s producer, Sandra Educate.    

         No registration is necessary and the classes are free. Just bring a folding chair to the Gazebo at noon. Every class has exciting door prizes and plants to give away. The series runs from April 18th through August 29th.


Lunch & Learn 2015 Schedule

The Gazebo at the Farmer’s Market, Heritage Park, Port Royal

Saturday Classes begin at 12:00 noon and are free… just bring a folding chair






April 18

Making Good Bones

J. Weidner

It all starts with “The right plant, in the right place, in the first place”.  

April 25

Gardening for the Physically Challenged and Just Plain Lazy Gardener

Alice Massey

Shortcuts, tips and tools to help you get up, down and around the garden with the least effort.

May 2

Hypertufa Containers

Marti Webster Sandra Educate

Learn how to make these concrete look-alike, but lightweight containers. We’ll give away what we make!  

May 9

Air Layering

Will Balk

A 2 foot clone of your favorite plant in the same time it takes to make a 2” inch cutting!

May 16

Drip Irrigation

Hugh Jamison

Hands down, the best class for saving money in your garden. And yes, you can do it.

May 23

Going Bananas

Pat Lauzon

Edible and Ornamental. They can fruit here in the Lowcountry…. If you treat ‘em right.

May 30


George Cannon

The mainstay of Lowcountry fall and winter gardens.

June 6

Trees and Shrubs

Robbie Robertson Sandra Educate

We’ll show you the correct way to plant by planting one right here at the Gazebo.

June 13

Orchids, Epiphytes and Succulents



What other perennial plants do you know of that bloom for months and months?

June 20

Daylilies and Ground Covers

Natalie Bowie and Susan Simmons

The Dynamic Duo will give you the straight skinny on both.

June 27

Carefree Plants

Jenny Staton

Plant ‘em and forget ‘em.   Almost. Just get them off to a good start.

July 4

Put up Jobs

Sandra Educate

Our Grannies called it putting up. Preserve nature’s bounty by canning, freezing , drying and pickling.

July 11

Wreaths from Back Yards, Ditches, and Thrift Shops

Peggy Allard

Sandra Educate

Spend pennies to make these look like designer florist creations.  

July 18

Ornamental Grasses and Sedges

Gary Baker

There is a grass for every place in your garden. Old favorites and new introductions.  

July 25

                 Fall Vegetable Gardens

Laura Lee Rose

Start now and you can harvest ‘till spring. As always, there will be seeds to share.

August 1

Rain Gardens                                 Look Down My Rain Barrel

Slide Down My Cellar Door

                             Joe Allard

The beautiful answer for a place that floods or has poor drainage. And a Rain Barrel for a door prize!

August 8


Sue Roderus

Invite these enchanting creatures into your garden.

August 16

Fall Color

Carol Guedalia

Brighten your landscape and garden right into winter.

August 22

Gardening is for the Birds

Jenny Station Alice Massey

Or it should be! And a surprise visit from a feathered friend or two!

August 28

Keeping it Growing

Amanda McNulty

Our signature end of season class. Put on your funny hats and come!