Gardening Camp

The Gardening Camp runs from July 28 through July 30

Auburn University alumnus and bestselling author Ace Atkins will join Andy Burcham, the Voice of the Auburn Tigers, for a discussion about his new novel, “The Heathens,” next Thursday, July 22, at the John Emerald Distilling Company in Opelika. 

The event, hosted by local independent bookstore Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers, will feature a discussion between the two about Atkins’ new book, the latest addition to his Quinn Colson series.

The conversation will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at John Emerald Distillery Company. Tickets cost $35 and include a cocktail, a signed copy of “The Heathens,” and the opportunity to mingle and chat with Atkins and Burcham. 

To purchase tickets, go to or call Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers at 334-246-3003. 

Kreher Preserve to host gardening camp

The Kreher Preserve & Nature Center will host “Can You Dig It,” a gardening camp for upcoming third- through seventh-graders from July 28-30. 

Taught by the Kreher Preserve’s Cyndi Czerkawski, the camp will offer an educational look at gardening and allow children to learn where their food comes from. 

Campers will design and implement a themed garden, including getting their hands dirty by learning the tricks to planting successful and healthy plants. 

Campers will harvest fresh vegetables directly from the garden, exploring how to determine ripeness and the best time to pick. And campers will create delicious snacks and learn how to use their harvest in many simple and quick recipes.

Finally, campers will get to join a field trip to community gardens in the area to witness, firsthand, the diversity of crops that can be grown in Alabama, the direct social benefit of gardening, and the impact vegetable gardening can have on all of our lives.

“Can You Dig It” Gardening Camp runs from July 28 through July 30, from 8 a.m. until noon (drop off begins at 7:45 a.m.). 

The camp is $125 per camper for all three days and includes a daily snack, all camp activities, and a gardening starter kit. Membership with the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center is required. A discount of 10 percent per camper is available for siblings living in the same household.

This program will be held at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, located at 2222 N. College St. near the AU Fisheries and Hwy 280. For more information, visit, email, or call 334-844-8091.

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