Upper South

December, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Garden Gurus VII
In its seventh year, Garden Gurus is a day-long event on January 22, 2005, that combines lectures, workshops, a plant sale, silent and live auctions, exhibits, and vendors. The event starts at 9:30 a.m., and this year's featured speaker is P. Allen Smith, who will speak at 2 p.m., and will be available to sign copies of his book. Ticket prices are: adults, $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event; children 12 to 18, $10; and children under 12 are free with an adult. Garden Gurus is put on by the Purchase Area Master Gardener Association. For further information, contact Carol Ullerich, PAMGA, 2705 Olivet Church Road, Paducah, KY 42001; (270) 554-9520; or visit: http://ces.ca.uky.edu/mccracken/horticulture/gardengurus.htm.

Books

Gardening Escapism
When knee-deep in either snow or gardening catalogs this winter, you could take a break by reading some very erudite garden literature, or you could be entertained by some great "garden" mysteries or videos. The China Bayles Mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert (Berkeley Publishing Group) includes fourteen books, from Thyme of Death to the most recent Dead Man's Bones. These novels, set in small-town Texas, feature ex-lawyer and herb-shop proprietor China Bayles. Albert also has recently published The Tale of Hill Top Farm: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter (Berkley Boulevard Books, 2004: $22.95).

Audrey Stallsmith is another author who writes "gardening" mysteries, including Rosemary for Remembrance and Roses for Regret (both from WaterBrook Press at $6.95).

To rest your eyes from all that fine print, get the VHS or DVD of Greenfingers (Columbia Tristar home video release 2002), starring Clive Owen and Helen Mirren. A delightful comedy with a touch of drama and romance, it tells the story of a prison inmate transformed by gardening ... and the Chelsea Flower Show.

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