Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

May, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Kentucky Herb Festival
The 16th Annual Kentucky Herb Festival on May 17th features two workshops by renowned herbalist Don Haynie of Buffalo Springs Herb Farm in Raphine, Virginia. The first workshop at 10 a.m. is on The Joy of Container Gardening, while the 1 p.m. program is on Herbal Seasonings. The cost of each workshop is $25 and pre-registration and payment is required in advance. The rest of the Festival is free, with a $3 parking fee. The Festival includes vendors selling a variety of herbal crafts, products, foods, and plants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At noon, there is an auction of garden and herbal items. Throughout the day, traditional Celtic and American music is offered by the Mink Run Consort. An herbal luncheon is available for $9. The Festival is held at Lakeview Park, Franklin County Fairgrounds, just off US 460 in Frankfort, Kentucky. For more information, contact Sue Wash at (502) 535-6885; or go to:

Tool or Gardening Product

Micro Suede Stretch Gloves
Certainly, there is a need for different gloves for various garden tasks. Leather gloves are indispensable when trimming roses or blackberries, while nitrile gloves give precise control for weeding. But day in, day out, the micro suede stretch gloves from Womanswork ( are the ones I depend on. Costing $20 and widely available at garden centers, these gloves are tough yet they provide excellent dexterity. They combine a spandex top (in four different colors) with washable micro suede palm and fingertips. The palm is padded for extra comfort and durability, and the fingertips are reinforced with a double thickness on both top and bottom. The cuff has a Velcro wrist closure, and the thumb has a terry brow wipe. Womanswork offers over a dozen different kinds of gloves for women, plus gloves for men and a variety of other garden products.


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