Shows & Events
Garden Tours to Europe and More
Donna Dawson of ICanGarden.com is offering four European garden tours this spring, summer, and fall. Brighton Garden Delights & the Chelsea Flower Show 2006, from May 18 to May 26; Garden Gems of London & Paris and the Chelsea Flower Show 2006, from May 26 to June 3; Gardens of Cote d'Azur and Tuscany from Sept. 16 to 26; and the Custom Tour for Garden Writers to Holland/Belgium from July 2 to July 10. Complete tour information can be found at http://www.gardeningtours.com, or call Donna at (888) 476-8721.
March Into Spring, A Symposium for Gardeners, will be held on March 18 at the Gregg Conference Center, The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. This is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic region of The Hardy Plant Society. Speakers are author Barbara Ellis, David Culp of Sunny Border Nurseries, Jenny Rose Carey of the Landscape Arboretum of Temple University, and nursery owner Rita Randolph. Registration ($60 member; $70 nonmember) due March 11. For details, visit: http://www.hardyplant.org
Botany for Gardeners
Yellow and red stickies poke from the heavily noted pages of my 1990 copy of Brian Capon's Botany for Gardeners (Timber Press, 2005 revised edition, $19.95). This book was, is, my bridge from casual organic gardener to botany student to professional gardener and garden writer. Capon, a professor of botany, has the knack of clearly explaining the what, why, when, where, and how of plants -- from the cellular level to the global impact of photosynthesis. Want to better understand the magic of seeds? The roles of plant hormones? How plants adapt? Why your tomato plants look poorly? Botany for Gardeners will help to answer those questions, which will likely lead to many more. This book is the curious gardener's lifetime resource.