Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

September, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Fall Plant Sale at South Carolina Botanical Garden
Plan to visit the Fall Plant Sale at the South Carolina Botanical Garden on October 2nd and 3rd. The sale features a wide selection of ornamental trees, shrubs, and perennials, including hard-to-find and underutilized plants that are ideally suited for the Middle South. Attend the Friends Preview Sale on Friday from 2:30-6:00 pm, or the Public Sale on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. Friends can join or renew membership at the Friday sale. For more information call (864) 656-3405, or visit the Web site at


Plant Propagation
I claim only marginal success with propagation. Not because I don't know how, but because I lack the attentiveness required to nurse small plants. So, I'm only successful with seeding annuals that really don't need my help (cleome), dividing perennials that are hardy to a fault (daylilies), and rooting cuttings that would grow on asphalt (willow). If you have higher ambitions, look to American Horticulture Society's Plant Propagation: The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual of Practical Techniques, by Allen Toogood (DK Publishing, 1999). The book opens with an introduction to propagation methods, then offers very specific information on plant types, including annuals, trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, vegetables, herbs, and even cacti. Step-by-step instructions and photographs are helpful for beginner, as well as expert.


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