Jonie James is a McPherson County Extension agent for agriculture.

Spectacular shrubs
The Master Gardeners and Friends group are providing a program on Spectacular Shrubs on Thursday at the 4-H building, 700 W. Woodside. The program will start at 7 p.m. and the speaker will be Cheryl Boyer, KSU horticulture professor.  
The cost for the class is $5 per person older than the age of 18, and is free to those 18 and younger.  The dollars earned from this event go to fund the local Master Gardener projects.
The timing is perfect as several homeowners are experiencing various shrub problems due to the extreme weather we have experienced this summer.  Some have even lost their shrubs, and this would provide an opportunity to learn more about the various shrub options prior to replanting them. For more information on this event, contact Jonie James at the McPherson County Extension Office.

Landscape design for your yard
The McPherson County Extension Office is offering a landscaping class to help the homeowner learn simple and effective home landscape design methods in three, three- hour sessions with hands-on activities and homework. This is an overall design class and not a flower garden design class. There is a big difference. You will come away with an understanding of what makes up a good home landscape and what to do to fix a poor one.
Classes are from 1:30-4:30 p.m Oct. 2, 9 and 16 in the meeting room at the McPherson County  Extension Office, 600 W. Woodside. Registration fee is $50, which covers the cost of all materials.  Participants must bring a copy of their plat (this is the surveyor’s map of your property boundaries and the house layout) to the first class period. Plats are available at the appraiser’s office, the title company used when purchasing your home or the surveyor’s office.
Attendance at all three sessions is necessary. Payment is required to register, and it is first- come first-serve. Class size is limited to 15. Register at the Extension Office by calling 620-241-1523.

Jonie James is a McPherson County Extension agent for agriculture.