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Coming Soon Beginner Bee School Winter 2020      


New 2019 Gardener's Toolbox Classes

  • February 26 -- Grow Asparagus at Home
  • February 27 -- Home-Based Microprocessor Workshop
  • March 14 -- Apple Grafting Workshop
  • March 21 -- Growing Oyster Mushrooms
  • April 18 -- Luffas: Expensive to Buy, Cheap to Grow
  • April 30 -- Vegetable Gardening 101
  • May 16 -- Growing Culinary Herbs
  • June 20 -- Stump the Extension Agent -- Weeds
  • August 29 -- Lawn Care for Busy People
  • September 24 -- Leaf Casting (limited # of spots available) Click here for workshop materials to bring.
  • October 10 -- Outstanding Alliums


During 2019, Horticulture Programs will be held at the Pulaski County Library, 10am, first Thursday (except for January) of certain months

  • January 4 -- Daffodils (bulbs will be available for purchase)
  • February 7 -- Beekeeping Basics
  • April 4 -- Totally Tomatoes: Everything you need to know about summer's most important crop
  • May 2 -- Lawn Care for Busy People
  • August 1 -- Seed Saving 101
  • October 10 -- TBA
  • November 14 -- TBA
  • December  -- TBA




seed packetsNOW HERE! Lake Cumberland Seed Lending Library Spring 2019



 NewState Horticulture Newsletter



Trees You Wish You Had Planted (stressing smaller trees and potential replacements for ornamental pears)

  • This is a powerpoint made into a pdf.



Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings

  • There are no more trainings scheduled in 2019.
  • If you currently have a card, check the expiration date. If it expires at the end of 2019, you will need to attend a training in early 2020 to keep your certification up-to-date.
  • If you currently do not have a card, attend one of the trainings and you will be issued a Private Pesticide Applicator card. Anyone growing a commodity that enters into markets should have a Private Applicator license. It also allows you to purchase restricted-use chemicals.






Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association

     Lake Cumberland Beekeepers are an extremely active group promoting smart, practical beekeeping. They meet the 3rd Monday of each month January - October at 6:30pm at the Pulaski Co Extension office.

     If you see a honey bee swarm, get in touch with LCBA as soon as possible and they will send someone out to collect it.

     The Lake Cumberland Beekeepers were featured in 2015 on UK Ag News.

N E W !   Gardener's Toolbox text message updates

     Text '@gardenerst' to 81010 to receive textupdates about the upcoming Gardener's Toolbox classes. To receive email reminders, send blank email to

Pine Straw Available!     pine straw

     Lake Cumberland Master Gardeners make pine straw available to the community at a very reasonable cost. We still have plenty. Call (606) 679-6361 for more information.

Pulaski Pollinator Garden Plant List

     The pollinator garden was planted in 2014.  Plants include mainly natives with some non-natives mixed in.

Emerald Ash Borer Information

     Emerald ash borer has been detected in Pulaski County. It may be worth considering protecting highly valued ash trees with a spring treatment.

Landscape Plants for Honeybees Plant List

     I spoke at several KY bee schools in 2014 (Allen Co, South East, and Bluegrass) and 2016 on early- and late-flowering landscape plants for honey bees. This list is NOT all-inclusive. It is intended to give you some different ideas

Farmers Market information

     Two markets serve Pulaski County

Spotted Wing Drosophila impacts small fruits

     This new pest has the ability to do serious damage to raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries.  Here's a second pub. Commercial growers must take the necessary steps to control this pest.

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     Lake Cumberland Seed Lending Library

     Archive of articles can be found here.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

     This is a new stink bug to Kentucky and is a known pest of fruit crops and vegetables. It's also a home invader. UK's See Blue, Go GreenWebsite from UK featuring how to be green in your home and garden (and other places)

Tour the Children's Garden  

     Virtual tour of the new Children's Garden at thePulaski County Public LIbrary

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Beth Wilson

Beth Wilson, Pulaski County Agent for Horticulture Education

BS in Computer Science, Transylvania, 1989

BS in Horticulture, University of Kentucky, 1995

MS in Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, 1997

Bethany G. Wilson

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