Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

October, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

English Garden Tour
Continuing Education of Lander University, in conjunction with Dr. DeWitt Stone, Jr., Director of Study Abroad, and John Elsley, noted horticulturalist, is offering a nine-day tour of a dozen gardens in the south of England, June 16-26. The tour visits Oxford, Salisbury and Canterbury. Featured gardens include Hidcote, Sissinghurst, and Great Dixter. For more information please contact Shelley Grund at (864) 388-8426.

Clever Gardening Technique

Dressing Winter Containers
Don't neglect the opportunity to dress garden urns, pots, planters, hanging baskets and hayracks for winter. Choose cold-tolerant plants such as small evergreens, ornamentals, and herbs to provide form, color and texture.

A tall boxwood, spruce, or arborvitae surrounded by pansies, violas and ivy is an attractive choice. Herbs such as parsley and sage, and ornamental vegetables such as kale and chard, can add variety to the mix. Cut branches of magnolia, red twig dogwood or Harry Lauder's Walkingstick will last a month or more in cold weather and may be added and changed throughout the season for different decorative effects. Finally, add a three-inch thick layer of moss or pine straw over the soil for root protection.


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