Master gardeners offer free classes on preparing for winter

Mike Dunham

Several of Alaska’s master gardeners will give free public classes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday at the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service offices in Anchorage. All presentations will focus on perennials and how to prepare gardens in advance of freeze-up.

Anchorage typically has its first frost by the end of September. 

Instructors will include Annie Nevaldine, speaking on perennials for the fall garden, starting at 10:30 a.m. Jane Baldwin will discuss primulas for early season blooms at 12:15, and Debbie Hinchey will describe how to divide perennials at 1 p.m. At 1:45 p.m. CES horticulture agent Julie Riley will talk about late-summer planting for spring.

The event will coincide with a plant and garden art sale sponsored by Alaska Master Gardeners in the parking lot of CES, on 16th Avenue between A and C streets. All plants offered for sale will be perennials suitable for planting now and blooming next year.