Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

August, 2000
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Historic Plants Symposium
The Center for Historic Plants at Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia will celebrate its 13th anniversary by hosting its second symposium on historic ornamental plants on August 25 to 26, 2000. This year's symposium focuses on the methods and techniques of identifying historic plants and the process of bringing them back into the garden. It will also include a reception and tours of Monticello and a celebration dinner at Tufton Farm. Speakers include C. Allan Brown, Peggy Cornett, John Fitzpatrick, Greg Grant, Peter Hatch, Douglas Seidel, and Christy White. For more information, call (804) 984-9822.

Web Finds

Asian Vegetables
The Asian Vegetables Thesaurus ( has color photos of a number of different Asian vegetables and herbs, plus their names in different languages. A great guide to which vegetables you're growing in any language.


Tropical Cooler
Drinking plenty of liquids is imperative during these hot, humid days. Liven up iced tea or lemonade by adding herbs, such as mint, lemon balm, or lemon verbena. If the weather feels like the tropics, why not try this tropical cooler?


1-1/2 cups water

1/4 cup fresh pineapple sage leaves

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

2 cups pineapple juice, chilled

1-1/2 cups papaya nectar, chilled

1 cup orange juice, chilled

1/4 cup lime juice

1 quart sparkling water, chilled


Bring water to a boil and pour over the pineapple sage, mint leaves, and ginger in a heat-proof bowl. Steep for 15 minutes. In a pitcher, combine the herb liquid with the pineapple, papaya, orange, and lime juices. Just before serving, add the sparkling water. Serve immediately, garnished with fresh pineapple sage or mint sprigs.

Yield: 2-1/2 quarts


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