Shows & Events
Herb and Garden Festival
Garden festivals are among the rites of spring. Look for ones in your local area, but also consider the Herb and Garden Festival at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Garden societies are providing educational lectures and booths, and there are free flower design demonstrations. Plus, there is a wide variety of items for sale, including rare and unusual plants, herbs, perennials, trees, shrubs, and antique roses, as well as decorative items for the garden. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Barbara Elliott, Arboretum at James Madison University, MSC 7015, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, (540) 568-3194; firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Web site at: http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.
Lots of Roses
Because it's such a large subject, no one book on roses seems to fulfill all needs, but one that could prove to be an invaluable reference is Botanica's Roses, edited by William A. Grant (Laurel Glen, 2000; $19.95). Of the some 14,000 roses in commerce, over 2,000 are discussed in this A to Z encyclopedia of roses, with most entries illustrated with color photos. The descriptions for each entry often include both the good and bad points for the variety. The only downside to the book is that occasionally there are some omissions, and there are no plant dimensions given.