Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

May, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Garden Jubilee Festival in Hendersonville, North Carolina
Downtown Hendersonville, North Carolina, will host its 16th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24. The event features more than 100 vendors of plants, garden items, homemade arts and crafts, and food. Special programs, garden clinics, outdoor-living displays, and hands-on activities for children will also be offered. For more information, visit www.historichendersonville.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Sunny Knock Out Rose
I've long been a fan of the continuously blooming, self-cleaning, and disease-resistant Knock Out roses, but I'm gobsmacked by the fabulous new yellow selection, Sunny Knock Out Rose. This plant is not only easy to grow and relatively maintenance free, it is also delightfully fragrant. Bright yellow blooms fade to cream, giving the shrub multi-color interest. Although my roses are still immature, the plant tag indicates they will grow to 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. If correct, this too will be an improvement over the Red Knock Out, which grows 6 feet tall in my garden and requires aggressive pruning in late winter to reduce its size.

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