Clever Gardening Technique
A Bouquet of Foliage
Foliage doesn't need to play second fiddle to flowers in a bouquet. Make it the star. Florists sell many different types of greens, including stems of evergreens and deciduous plants with seedpods or berries. Two of my favorites are stems of seeded eucalyptus and magnolia (with leaves that look like they have a leather coating on the back). Foliage can last a long time in water, and a florist's frog will keep heavy stems from falling over. You may not want to try this as a Valentine's Day gift, except to yourself.
Shows & Events
Connecticut Garden Conference
The University of Connecticut is sponsoring a three-day garden conference on Friday, March 14, at the Lewis B. Rome Commons on the Storrs campus. Speakers include Rick Darke, garden designer, photographer, and author; Jennifer Bartley, landscape architect and author; Kerry Mendez, proprietor of Perennially Yours in Ballston Spa, New York; Ellen Zachos, author and proprietor of Acme Plant Stuff in New York City; and Scott Reil, nurseryman and trainer for SafeLawns and Landscapes. $80 preregistration fee before March 7; $90 fee after that date. For more info, call (860) 486-0627; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or go to: http://www.hort.uconn.edu/2008garden.