Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

August, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

"Speaking of Gardening" Symposium
The annual "Speaking of Gardening" symposium at the North Carolina Arboretum will be held Friday and Saturday, August 27 and 28. This year's event features Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter, Christopher Lloyd's garden in Sussex, England; Carol Reese, garden writer, photographer, lecturer, and ornamental horticulturist for the University of Tennessee; Parker Andes, Director of Horticulture at the Biltmore Estate; Rodney Eason, Display Division Leader at Longwood Gardens; and Tim Wood, with Spring Meadow Nursery. The two day program fee is $145 for Arboretum Society Members and $170 for the public. The fee includes seven lectures, book signing, plant giveaway, lunches, and snacks. Space is limited; preregistration and prepayment required. Call the Arboretum at (828) 665-2492, or go to


Succulent Container Gardens
Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants by Debra Lee Baldwin (Timber Press, Inc., 2010, $29.95) is a must have for every gardener who wants to learn more about designing beautiful container gardens with drought-tolerant plants. Baldwin, with a keen eye for striking combos, superior plant knowledge, and plain talk, is easy to follow and fun to emulate. Beautifully photographed, the book is also pretty enough for the coffee table.


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