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From vegetables to hops, local gardeners share desert planting tips – Las Vegas Review

Urban gardeners who are new to the valley quickly learn that Las Vegas enjoys mild winters, making it possible to grow plants year-round. Mid- to late March are good times for plants such as artichokes, asparagus, beets, parsley, parsnips, radishes, spinach and turnips.

They also learn that plants don’t like our soil. Key to the process is mulch. For soil amendment advice and to learn locations offering free mulch, contact the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., at 702-822-7700. The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is another source for planting advice. To reach its Master Gardener Help Desk, call 702-257-5555.

View visited a number of Master Gardeners to learn how they tamed the desert to grow a plethora of plants.

Valerie Godino’s Summerlin backyard is filled with plants of all types, including flowers and vegetables — peas, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce — and herbs such as chives and parsley.

“Yes, you can have a botanical garden in Southern Nevada,” Godino said, spreading her arms in a “voila” gesture.

She previously lived in Ohio and Colorado, where growing things was as easy as tossing a seed into the ground.

“I always loved to garden. Then I moved here, and I went, ‘What?’ “she said. “ … We have really bad soil here, really bad. Why? Because where we’re standing, this used to be an ocean.”

To bypass the alkaline-infused ground, she uses raised beds. She bought tons of “cheapy-cheap fill” and treated it with compost to fill them. Anything she planted soon started growing. A secondary benefit of raised beds was they’re easy on her back.

Grapes can handle the heat but must be cut back after they fruit to maintain their heartiness. Godino grows them to fill a wood frame on the sunny side of her house. The grape plants look pretty, cool her patio and keep her electric bill down, she said.

Michelle Miller dabbled in gardening for approximately 20 years in Summerlin while she and her husband raised a family. She chose trees — two apple varieties and a pear — to begin, and the whole family enjoyed the resulting fruit.

“Trees are easy … and I was a lazy gardener,” she said.

But Miller got serious about gardening three years ago when she became an empty nester and could indulge her hobby. She attended a session with the late horticulturist Linn Mills at the Springs Preserve after reading his Las Vegas Review-Journal advice column for a long time.

“I still had newspaper clippings (of his) from ‘92 when we moved here,” she said. “I started really small, with things like zucchini.”

Small tomato varieties such as cherry, plum, grape and yellow pear are great for first-timers and often bring success, she said. Miller fills her gardens with various vegetables and herbs. Her favorite, cilantro, goes into her homemade salsa.

She said vegetable plants also can be aesthetically pleasing.

“You can have really beautiful vegetable plants. Lettuces are pretty and some cabbages, too,” Miller said. “You can plant them in the front yard, and people won’t realize it’s a lettuce, it’s so pretty.”

Now residents of Desert Shores, the Millers are renting, and their landlord specified no changes to the landscape. Undeterred, she’s into container gardening now.

Diane Rowe’s family had a long history of growing and nurturing plants. One of her ancestors was Luther Burbank, a horticulturist who pioneered tree grafting and rotating crops in the 1800s. Her parents had fruit trees, and they gave her free rein with the front yard when she was a child. Later, she and her husband owned an 80-acre walnut orchard in California.

“Trees have always kind of been my thing,” she said. “I like to go out and pick and eat.”

But growing up in California meant Rowe took the weather for granted.

“After I moved here, I killed a lot of plants because of the heat,” she said.

Her northwest Las Vegas home has a backyard with an area for gardening and another filled with various trees — apple, plum, apricot — and “volunteer” plants, ones that just start growing and surprise her once they mature. She said she thinks they’re nectarines or peach trees. Time eventually will tell.

She uses paint to protect them from insects. After Rowe painted a bedroom purple, she slathered it on the bottom of her trees.

“It keeps the borers out,” she said. “The trees will get sunburned, and they blister like people. The borers (insects) will go in and eat, and they end up killing the tree. So, I had leftover purple paint. I mixed it so it’s half paint and half water.”

While hiking in Northern California, she brought home a sprig from a fig tree and planted it in her garden. Guess who now has figs for baking.

Joann Reckling has been gardening all her life. Her backyard has five raised beds, a number she is doubling for spring gardening. Currently she has artichokes, fennel, onions and broccoli growing.

This past season, she added hops from which she made beer.

“My son does home brewing, so I thought, ‘Why not?’ ” she said.

Hop vines grow from a rhizome, a piece taken from a mature plant. The rhizome is planted in the ground in the late spring.

Hops can reach 25 feet high. Reckling strung them up to the surrounding trees, and hers reached about 12 feet in height. Her hops crop will be ready for harvesting in late fall.

Reckling and her son, Chase, harvested them in early November and took them to the beer festival at Village Square, 9400 W. Sahara Ave.

“We walked around to all the booths and talked to over 10 local brew masters,” she said. “They all loved the smell and look of our hops and were really excited to hear that hops would grow in Las Vegas. Several of them told me that they would purchase whatever I grow so that they can make a custom batch of their brew and call it ‘local.’ Exciting things.”

Contact Summerlin/Summerlin South View reporter Jan Hogan at jhogan@viewnews.com or 702-387-2949.

Article source: http://www.reviewjournal.com/view/summerlin/vegetables-hops-local-gardeners-share-desert-planting-tips

Lovely gardening gifts for mum



As Mother’s Day approaches, Hannah Stephenson digs out some of the best gardening gifts for every budget

Stuck on the usual ‘flowers or chocolates’ dilemma? Why not find some inspiration in the garden this Mother’s Day, and treat the woman who knows you best to everything from decorative twine to wind chimes, seed collections or serious tools.

Here’s our round-up of some of the best mum-friendly gardening gifts.

UNDER A FIVER

:: If you’re on a strict budget, what about some pretty candle holders? These bird tealight holders from Crocus (£4.99, www.crocus.co.uk) are unfussy, would suit a contemporary or traditional setting, come in two finishes – zinc plated and white gloss powder coated – and you can use them outside or indoors.

:: If your mother doesn’t want to be a slave to watering her pots, treat her to the new AquaDeco globe from Hozelock. A hand-made glass globe that acts as both a decorate and functional feature, you simply make a hole in the compost, fill the globe with water and place the neck of it into the soil. Through capillary action, the plant will absorb the quantity of water it needs. Available in six different colours and widely available from DIY stores, leading garden centres and specialist retailers, priced £4.99 or £12.99 for a pack of three.

:: Colour-themed seeds presented in eye-catching cubes are the latest idea from Mr Fothergill’s, reflecting the continuing demand from gardeners for mixed flowers. The cubes are available in four colours – Vibrant Red, Vibrant Yellow, Cool Blue and Cool White – and contain quick-to-flower hardy annual mixtures which will cover up to 10 square metres per cube and allow gardeners either to ‘pick and mix’ or colour-theme their beds, borders and containers. £2.95 each or £5 for two, visit www.mr-fothergills.co.uk

UNDER £15

:: For a gift that keeps on giving, buy a premium quality David Austin English Rose. Available in six colour options, the rose comes wrapped in a pretty box and is available from your local David Austin stockist or garden centre, priced £14.99 (www.davidaustinroses.com/ 01902 376300).

:: If your mum likes a natural setting, check out Crocus’s new cork fern pots, made from environmentally friendly cork bark. Once cork oak trees are about 25 years old, the old bark is stripped from their trunks, every nine years, and the trees continue to live and grow. The old bark is used to produce these flower pots (£14.99, www.crocus.co.uk), ideal for ferns and other native plants and for creating a woodland feel to the garden.

:: A pretty addition to any patio table, or even to an indoor one, is this parasol tealight holder from Homebase (£9.99, www.homebase.co.uk), which has a contemporary and space-saving design along with citronella candles to help keep insects away.

:: Attractive striped twine in a gift box makes a pleasant and pretty change from boring green gardening string. Each 200m spool, £5.95 or buy a boxed set of five 50m twines in a variety of colours for £38.95 (www.burgonandball.co.uk)

UNDER £20

:: Don’t just give one present, give a whole box! This stylish Sussex trug gift set (£17.99, www.crocus.co.uk) is packed with gloves, garden twine, raffia and flower scissors, and should please any green-fingered enthusiast.

:: For all your mum’s bits and bobs, including labels, pencils, scissors and string, these gardener’s gubbins tins come in deck egg, soft grey or galvanised. From the new collection of Sophie Conran tools and accessories for Burgon 7 Ball, £19.95, www.burgonandball.com.

:: To create an ethereal atmosphere, buy a beautiful Cole Bright changing windchime light featuring a crackle glass globe with four metal windchimes. Made from steel and glass, it comes with an AA battery and is available, priced £19.99, from garden centres across the country. For stockists visit www.gardman.co.uk.

OVER £20

:: Wildflowers are so popular at the moment, and a Wild Flower Seed Starter Pack from the Seed Pantry can help Mum on her way. The kit contains five different types of wild flower seeds – field poppies, yarrow, musk mallow, chamomile and wallflowers – which can be planted from March to July. The kit includes easy-to-follow illustrated instructions and a handy notes pencil, bio-degradable rice husk pots, coir seed trays, organic compost and an oak dibblet. Offered at the introductory price of £24.50 (until March 31) from www.seedpantry.co.uk.

:: Good quality gardening tools will always be welcomed by the gardening enthusiast, and as spring is here and pruning needs to be done, what about a new set of loppers. The latest range from Fiskars are light, smooth and cut tough hedges like butter. For thicker cuts, go for Fiskars new SmartFit Telescopic lopper (£49.99, www.fiskars.co.uk/0115 9277 335), with excellent extension buttons on the handles to go to the length your require. With blades made from carbon steel, they’re lightweight and sturdy and will make pruning a breeze.

Article source: http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Homes-and-Gardens/Gardening/Lovely-gardening-gifts-for-mum-20140311160833.htm

New home? Tips for getting to know the garden

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When you buy a home, you also buy the garden. It pays to spend a year assessing what’s already growing there before making any major changes.



Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:43 am

New home? Tips for getting to know the garden

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Americans are a restless bunch. They change locations with a frequency that would tire a migrating songbird.


But there is more to moving day than unpacking boxes; there’s also learning to care for that garden inherited with the new home.

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Reigate garden designer to make Chelsea Flower Show debut

Reigate garden designer to make Chelsea Flower Show debut

Reigate garden designer Matthew Childs is celebrating making his debut at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Matthew’s design talent will be on show as city fund management firm Brewin Dolphin’s Main Avenue garden in the show, due to take place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from May 20 to 24.

Brewin Dolphin, which has an office in Reigate, will be making its third consecutive appearance in the Main Avenue.

Since graduating in 2009, Matthew has risen in the industry to win a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold and ‘best in category’ at the 2012 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, followed by ‘best in show’ in 2013 for his Ecover Garden.

This summer he will be competing with the crème de la crème of landscape architects and garden designers at Chelsea.

Drawing on nature as his inspiration for the Brewin Dolphin garden, Matthew’s design follows a classical, symmetrical layout, but is also contemporary and forward-thinking, with water used to capture a sense of calm, and two monumental copper arches and a wide zig-zag path dividing the garden into distinct areas, with the apertures in the arches acting as frames for focal points.

Matthew’s planting concept is spring-like in its colour palate, with greens, whites and zingy yellows offset by drifts of crimson and purple.

Matthew has chosen to work with the award-winning teams from Bowles and Wyer and Hortus Loci to respectively, build, source and grow plants for the garden.

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Article source: http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/11066004.Reigate_garden_designer_to_make_Chelsea_Flower_Show_debut/?ref=rss

Winner of Kilsaran’s garden design competition announced

Nearly 100 garden design students from all over the country entered the competition – the first of its kind in Ireland and judged by celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin.

Originally from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Butler is studying garden design at the Garden Design Academy of Ireland.

He beat five other finalists to win the overall prize which included a €3,000 bursary to help kick-start his design career. 

His garden will be built and on view to potential customers at Kilsaran’s show gardens at its headquarters in Co Meath just in time for summer. 

Butler used strong vibrant colours, a creative mix of planting along with a clever use of Kilsaran’s paving products to create a unique garden that’s easy to build and makes the best use of space. 

 

Article source: http://businessandleadership.com/small-business/item/45078-winner-of-kilsarans-garden/

Meet the Artist: John Newman Garden Design

We may have another cold snap in our future, but for now early spring is in the air. For acclaimed garden designer John Newman that means Cornus, Hamamelis, and Thymelaeaceae. They’re better known as dazzling dogwoods, wonderful witch-hazel, and exciting edgeworthia, and in just a few weeks you’ll be able to see the fruits of John’s labors at the height of their spring season glory throughout Winston-Salem. John Newman Garden Design focuses primarily on residential garden design, but some  high-visibility projects include the Central YMCA and Augsburg Luthern Church. John and his team of eight co-creators share a fascination with architecture, Japanese gardens and design. For the past 20 years they’ve been artfully bringing together all of these elements in their water features, pathways, and beautiful stone mosaics.

David Ford talked with garden designer John Newman. He and his team of eight co-creators at John Newman Garden Design take inspiration from the beautiful natural scenery of western North Carolina and create contemporary landscapes with plants, stones and water. Their distinctive work in private gardens and public spaces is sprinkled throughout Winston-Salem including the Central YMCA, and Augsburg Lutheran Church. 

Article source: http://wfdd.org/post/meet-artist-john-newman-garden-design

I Have a Thought: Barb and Ray go to the Sun Prairie Library

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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 11:45 am


I Have a Thought: Barb and Ray go to the Sun Prairie Library

By Barb Trimble | Hometown News General Manager

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Over the weekend Ray and I made a trip to the library. I had to get some landscaping books to satisfy my cabin fever which is now getting out of control. I am sketching out ideas for the yard and Ray is sighing heavily each time I show him my ideas.


When we were at the Rotary Pancake Breakfast I learned of a new place to get plants and my fellow Rotarian Sue Halembeck was kind enough to tell Ray we were going to take a trip to get plants as soon as the weather was permissible.

Ray quickly sought me out to tell me he knew my scheme. I just acted innocent (well, as much as I can) and said it was Sue’s idea and smiled.

The breakfast was a huge success and thanks to all the Rotarians, volunteers and the Jazz Band for making this such a wonderful event! Our leader this year was Laurie Krueger who gave much of her time to the event even though she opened a brand new Forever Yours Jewelry store in Prairie Lakes.

With April right around the corner, Ray and I are happily planning on attending the wedding for our adopted granddaughter, Destiny. We met Destiny the very first time we ate at Buck Honey’s. Ever since that time, almost two years now, we have had a wonderful friendship and we told her she was our adopted granddaughter. We don’t have any girl grandchildren and with her dark hair and eyes she could easily be my grandchild.

By now you are aware of the awards The Star and Hometown News won at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. I am very proud of our team and hopefully sometime in the future we can bring home the General Excellence award.

Friday I had the pleasure of meeting with Justin Doherty, Associate Athletic Director for External Relations for the UW Athletic Department and Kevin Kluender the Assistant AD for Marketing and Promotions.

It was a joint meeting with The Daily Cardinal (UW’s daily newspaper) and Hometown News. We recently have entered into a partnership with The Daily Cardinal for internships, advertising and editorial content.

More will be coming on this topic in the near future, but on Friday we got the nod from Justin Doherty to share all communications from the Athletic Department with The Daily Cardinal and Hometown News. We will now have up to date sports news from the university!

One last thing: Remember when I said you didn’t want to be related to the Trimble’s because of the problems our two girls had with their cars?

Well, last week I told Ray the car was acting up but every time he went to drive it, the car acted fine.

Sunday morning we were finished helping at the Pancake Breakfast and Ray tried to start the car and nothing happened, nada, nothing. The car was totally dead. He tried many times to start the car and finally he couldn’t turn the key at all.

I calmly got out of the car and was going back into the building to seek out a ride when Tom Hebl saw me and asked what was wrong. I explained the car had died and Tom was very kind to offer us a ride home. Thanks Tom for helping us out!

So, now we wait and see what this Trimble bunch will be facing. The only thing I can tell you is that I am glad the car died on Ray’s shift and not mine. I always get blamed that I did something to it rather than it was just fate that it happened when I was driving the car. Ladies, ever have that happen to you?

Maybe the Trimbles should take up bike riding or in the winter snowshoeing — just a thought!

Trimble is Hometown News general manager; reach her at (608) 478-2518.

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Article source: http://www.hngnews.com/sun_prairie_star/opinion/columns/article_d9d4b540-a7a6-11e3-8cc9-0017a43b2370.html

Acacia homeowners ask city why vegetation was destroyed when road was rebuilt

The city of Apache Junction may review the methods with which it communicates projects to residents after unhappy homeowners filed a petition against the city for roadwork they claim destroyed the rural character of their street.

“Although we communicated in advance in writing with the neighborhood, the project has made it clear that we can and must do more,” Giao Pham, the city’s public works director, said in an e-mailed response to questions last week.

Twenty-eight citizens signed a petition that was presented to the Apache Junction City Council during its regular meeting Feb. 18. Most of them reside along North Acacia Road, where the roadwork was done, as well as neighboring East Manzanita Street, East Tepee Street to the north and East Superstition Boulevard to the south.

The residents are upset about roadwork to repair and widen North Acacia Road between East Tepee and East Superstition that took place during the first half of February.

They claim the city’s removal of roadside desert vegetation and the resulting wide, soft-dirt shoulders “negatively affects property values” and are an “eyesore to those who live on Acacia Road,” according to the petition packet. They also claim the removal of cactuses, Palo Verde trees and creosote bushes from the roadway shoulders will create erosion issues when it rains, has destroyed the area as a wild-animal habitat and creates dust issues, according to the packet.

“They did overkill,” Ray Bankler, who lives at 888 N. Acacia Road, said during an interview last week.

Private land was not disturbed during the two-week-long project, Mr. Pham said in the e-mailed response to questions last week. All work was performed within the 66-foot-wide Federal Patent Easement established by the 1938 Small Tract Act, which extends an easement 33 feet from the center of a roadway on both sides, Mr. Pham said.

In late January the residents were notified by the city by mail that pavement reconstruction would begin the first week in February, according to the city letter provided in the petition packet provided to the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent by Mr. Bankler. Mr. Bankler submitted the petition to the council during the Call to the Public portion of the Feb. 18 council meeting.

The letter explained the street would be widened to about 22 feet to accommodate a 20-feet paved surface. City crews would remove the existing asphalt and about 6 inches of underlining base, and then place 4 inches of new base and then pave the road, the letter said.

The letter, signed by Greg Mayer, the city’s street maintenance supervisor, explained the street would remain open during the three-week-long project and asked residents not to park on the street or shoulder Monday-Thursday during roadwork.

A subsequent letter notified residents that street paving would take place Feb. 3-4 and instructed residents when they could drive on the repaved road and how to access their driveways during the paving process.

Both the city and residents agree Acacia Road needed to be repaired. Acacia resident Darryl Cross, who lives at 1018 N. Acacia Road, said during a phone interview last week that the road was constantly getting washed out and needed potholes filled in. The reconstructed road “never had a great base” and now that it does should last 50 years or more, he said.

“But nowhere in the letter did it mention disturbing, removing and decimating the landscape,” Mr. Cross said. “Everything south of my driveway is scraped bare 50 yards or so.”

Residents also questioned why so much land was disturbed at the south end of North Acacia Road while vegetation toward the north end of the road was barely touched, Mr. Bankler said.

Mr. Pham explained the city’s thought-process in his e-mail.

“The original roadway was in poor condition. When we pave or improve a roadway we have to make sure that width is a minimum of 20 feet (10 feet for each lane) to prevent head-on collisions. This sometimes requires widening of the shoulders and relocating mailboxes and fences. The city will try to avoid a lot of the man-made structures such as fences and landscaping. The city will grade or widen the shoulders because of drainage and steep slopes,” he wrote.

He said during a phone interview March 6 the road shoulders were widened to 4 to 8 feet in some areas so vehicles could pull off safely while other areas had to be resloped so they would redirect water to nearby washes during rains.

When presenting the petition to the council, Mr. Bankler asked why a tree and vegetation were removed from the southeast corner of his property. Both provided a barrier cars and pedestrians could not cross as well as a screen for his fire pit and its seating area from traffic, he said during an interview last week.

Mr. Pham said during an interview that the vegetation posed a safety hazard by blocking the stop sign posted on the northwest corner of Acacia and Superstition.

To save money, the city used its own labor force rather than contract out the work, the public works director said in his e-mail.

He said in his e-mail that utilizing a contractor would have increased the cost by three to four times.

The cost for the project was: $49,875 for the 800 tons of asphalt; $11,716.83 for in-house labor; and $8,667.50 for equipment. The work was planned in the current budget, Mr. Pham said.

Five members of the city council have toured the area.

“Everything they did was done legally. But was it done in everyone’s best interest? That’s something we need to address,” Councilman Chip Wilson said during an interview last week.

“As a part of the city’s — and before it was a city — history, many of our roads are not in the correct alignments,” Councilwoman Gail Evans said March 7 in an e-mailed letter to the Independent. “Citizens were able to blade their own road to their property. Sometimes the roads were somewhat where they should be and a lot of times they weren’t and usually only roughly 33 feet were bladed in not the whole 66-foot easements. The city can only stay in the rights-of-ways; unfortunately many citizens don’t realize or understand where their property line (net) is as compared to the gross property, which in many cases is the center of the road.

“When the city came in to repair Acacia — which I am sure is greatly appreciated — construction sometimes takes out vegetation that is in between the gross and net property lines as needed to complete their jobs, which in part trying to have the road where it actually belongs,” the councilwoman said. “My point: just because the road is where you see it doesn’t mean that is where it is should be. Acacia itself has many dips with small runoffs that affect the road’s surface longevity. The good news is even though the vegetation is gone for now, with our wonderful desert vegetation a few rains it will return.”

Councilman Wilson said he would like to hold a neighborhood meeting with the residents after all members of the council have toured the area. Mayor John Insalaco and Councilman Dave Waldron had not visited Acacia Road to view the project as of press time Friday, Councilman Wilson said.

“We know not everyone will be satisfied but we hope the majority will understand why things were done,” Councilman Wilson said. “We hope they feel they were heard and their problems were addressed.”

In the meantime, the city is reviewing the way it communicates with residents regarding projects, Mr. Pham said during his phone interview March 6. He said previous letters have been sufficient but now he understands the city may have to spend additional time explaining the projects more in-depth.

“In the future, especially in the rural areas, we will enhance our up-front communication with residents. Ideally, we’ll meet face-to-face in a meeting. That way we can communicate our plans and hear — up front — the perspectives and ideas of those whom we serve,” Mr. Pham said in his e-mail.

Article source: http://arizona.newszap.com/eastvalley/130302-114/acacia-homeowners-ask-city-why-vegetation-was-destroyed-when-road-was-rebuilt

Free admission to Florida’s Largest Home Show on Friday



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Get expert home maintenance advice, browse for decor ideas, watch cooking demonstrations, seek landscaping guidance and attend seminars – all for free – at Florida’s Largest Home Show.


Admission fees are waived for everyone on Friday, March 14 courtesy of ABC Action News.


The home show is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on that day.


Regular admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free.


The home show consists of over 900 exhibits and vendors conveniently located at The Florida State Fairgrounds and runs through Sunday, March 16.


For more information about the show, visit http://bighomeshow.com/.


The Florida State Fairgrounds are located at 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa.









Article source: http://tbo.com/life/blogs/free-and-cheap/free-admission-to-floridas-largest-home-show-on-friday-20140310/

Conifer Expert To Speak At Chattanooga Arboretum And Nature Center On …

Tom Cox, nationally-renowned conifer expert and recent co-author of Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast will be speaking about conifers for southern gardens on Saturday, at 2 p.m. at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center auditorium.

This free event is the Winter Garden Lecture sponsored by The Tennessee Valley Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society in partnership with the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.. 

Mr. Cox is a past president of the American Conifer Society and has traveled extensively around the world to study rare and spectacular conifers in their natural eco systems. More importantly for Gardeners in the Tennessee Valley, Mr. Cox has extensive practical experience in growing an extensive range of conifers in the southern heat and humidity of his Cox Arboretum in north Georgia.

Garden conifers come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, textures. They provide badly needed color to brighten and bring life to your garden in winter as well as important cover and refuge for birds and small wildlife. They are important “backbone” or design anchor plants for gardens and are excellent companion plants for a broad range of garden plants. These are key factors in the rapidly growing popularity of small conifers for landscapes and gardens.  However, it is important before purchasing and planting conifers to gain some understanding of the types that will do well in our area as no one wants to purchase a nice and sometimes expensive plant only to see it wither and decline.

Mr. Cox’s talk will allow area gardeners to learn in a short period of time about successfully growing a broad range of conifers suitable for both sun and shade in our challenging southern soils and weather conditions. Fifteen years ago conifers suitable for the south would have frequently been considered to be a pine tree or a cedar. Thanks to research and experimentation by Mr. Cox and others, there is now a rich and broad spectrum of colorful conifers from throughout the world which are now known to flourish in conditions.

Mr. Cox is an engaging and experienced plantsman who is happy to share the southern secrets to success in selecting among the various forms of conifers and cultivating them successfully.  

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society periodically hosts a free Winter Garden Lecture for members and the public on a special garden topic lead by a nationally renowned expert. This year the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center is cosponsoring this event and they invites the public to come and learn from Mr. Cox on Saturday at 2 p.m. on March 15.

Copies of his new book will be available for purchase and Mr. Cox will be glad to autograph them if desired.

Article source: http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/3/10/271482/Conifer-Expert-To-Speak-At-Chattanooga.aspx