East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners kicks off its 2015 Basic Gardening Series on Thursday, Feb. 5.

This year’s gardening series has expanded offerings in five East Baton Rouge libraries, according to publicity chair Donna Montgomery.

“Programs will include topics such as vegetable gardening, turfgrass, blueberries, citrus, making a raised bed, pet-friendly gardens, ferns, shrubs, composting and planting bulbs,” she said.

Each two-hour evening program will cover two topics with time for questions. Programs are taught by Master Gardeners, volunteers trained and certified by the LSU AgCenter to provide horticulture information to the public.

The Basic Gardening Programs will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 5, 12, 25 and March 12 and 19. Programs are free to anyone interested in learning more about gardening. Topics and locations are:

Feb. 5, Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. — Raised Beds and Vegetable Gardening.

Feb. 12, Jones Creek Regional Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road — Turfgrass and Raised Beds.

Feb. 26, Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St. — Vegetable Gardening and Blueberries and Citrus.

March 12, Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway — Pet-Friendly Gardens and Raised Beds.

March 19, Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. — Ferns and Shrubs.