Shows & Events
Carolina Gardener Annual Symposium
The 2006 Carolina Gardener Annual Symposium takes place on May 5 and 6 in Asheville, N.C. Enjoy two days of garden tours, including the Botanical Gardens at Asheville and the North Carolina Arboretum, plus inspiring and informative presentations. Speakers include Felder Rushing, Peter Loewer, and Barbara Pleasant. Barbara is our former Middle South regional reporter.
You'll also have time to take in the splendor of the mountains of Western North Carolina and enjoy great shopping and dining in downtown Asheville. Cost is $295 per person. For more information, visit: http://www.carolinagardener.com/travel/symposium.php.
Favorite or New Plant
Commonly called "hens-and-chicks," sempervivums form attractive rosettes of succulent leaves. The mother plant -- the "hen" -- propagates by forming small "chicks" at the ends of long stolons. In addition to the common bluish green types, there are also varieties with lavender , red, and purple leaves. The plants are relatively carefree and remarkably hardy, but they require very well-drained soil. They are perfect for container gardens or for tucking into the cracks in stone walls.