Our Atkins Branch is hosting a new, interactive workshop series with the help of Master Gardener Doug Buchan. Patio Gardening with Master Doug will provide instruction in gardening in small spaces over the course of eight weeks for children, teens and adults. The workshops will be held at the Atkins Branch, located at 3704 Greenwood Road, and participants will have the opportunity to work in the branch’s community garden.“As you know, we are starting the garden up again. However, this year we are doing things a little differently,” stated Anika Parsons, Atkins Branch Assistant Manager. “Atkins (Branch) will offer a host of agriculture fun for everyone this summer. This program will consist of gardening and wellness instruction, demonstration and hands-on activities. In preparation for the programs, participants will get to watch and taste the fruits of their labor.”Beginning Tuesday, June 5, Patio Gardening workshops will be held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for children up to age 10, Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for teens age 11 to 17, and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. for adults. Topics covered will include how to garden in small spaces, proper plant ratios and watering techniques, composting, and the difference between good bugs and bad pests. Participants will also learn how to build a box garden, enjoy expert lectures, and have a chance to win gardening giveaways. All workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required.Begun in 2013, the Atkins Branch community garden has grown a large variety of produce including strawberries, lettuce, broccoli, cushaw, greens, carrots, squash, eggplant, okra, tomatoes and watermelon. This summer planting plans for the community garden include strawberries, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, oregano, onions, tomatoes, zucchini squash, rosemary, potatoes and more.For more information on workshops and the community garden, please call the Atkins Branch at (318) 635-6222.