Shows & Events
Speaking of Gardening Symposium
The annual Speaking of Gardening symposium at the North Carolina Arboretum, scheduled on August 26 & 27, features speakers Helen Dillon, Bill Thomas, Stephanie Cohen, and Todd Lasseigne. The two day program fee is $145 for Arboretum Society Members and $170 for the public. The fee includes seven lectures, plant giveaway, silent auction, program materials, two lunches and snacks. Space is limited; preregistration and prepayment is required. To pre-register or for a detailed event schedule, call the Arboretum at (828) 665-2492, or visit the Arboretum website at (www.ncarboretum.org).
Middle South gardeners know that mosquitoes and ticks can take the fun out of gardening, not just because of their itchy bites, but also because of the disease risks they carry. Mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus and St.Louis encephalitis, while ticks spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. Often the best protection is an insect repellent. To find the repellent that is best for you, be it chemical or botanical, consult Insect Repellents: Use and Effectiveness, provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.