Upper South

December, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Daylong Celebration of Gardening
Dreading the cold, dreary month of January? Brighten up with plans to attend the Daylong Celebration of Gardening organized by the Purchase Area Master Gardener Association in Paducah, Kentucky. Speaking at 10 a.m. is Roger Swain, former host of PBS's The Victory Garden and presently cohost of HDTV's People, Places and Plants speaking on Planting Villages: Why Gardens Make Good Neighbors. At 2 p.m., Felder Rushing, Mississippi Public Radio's "The Gestalt Gardener," is speaking on Slow Gardening; It Ain't a Rat Race. The event also features plants, books, and garden items for sale. The Daylong Celebration of Gardening is being held at the Cherry Civic Center in Paducah, on January 19, 2008. Doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. To purchase tickets, call (270) 554-9520. For more information, visit: http://www.pamga.org.

Books

Plants of the Bible
As a collector of books on plants of the Bible, it's always interesting to see new takes on the subject. The most recent addition to my library is Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh; Plants of the Bible and the Quran (Timber Press, 2007; $24.95), by Lytton John Musselman, a botany professor at Old Dominion University. Musselman is a frequent visitor to the Middle East and has studied Bible plants in their native habitats for 30 years. The book covers 81 plants and includes descriptions of the botanical characteristics, habitat, uses, and literary context. The chapters are short and an easy read. As befitting a professorial effort, there are references sprinkled in the text and an extensive list of references. Among the most notable aspects of this book is the color photography of each plant, with most of the photos taken in the Middle East.

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