Coastal and Tropical South

January, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Master Gardener Training
When you go to garden events, it seems there are always people in vests or T-shirts to teach, assist, and enthuse about plants. They are often Master Gardeners, trained and ready to promote gardening year-round. If you live in Galveston County, Texas, the new class for Master Gardeners begins Feb. 7, and will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 1. To participate in the Galveston group's training, contact Dr. William Johnson or visit http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. If you live elsewhere in our region, contact the Cooperative Extension Service, your county agent, or any Master Gardener for information about joining their wonderful ranks.

Books

Container Garden Revolution
So, who needs another kind of garden container? We all do, and this book delivers the goods. Author Pamela Crawford received the Torch Award as an outstanding alumna of the School of Architecture at Florida International University, and the book Instant Container Gardens (Color Garden Publishing, 2007; $19.95) is her fifth. She was determined to figure out how sumptuous mixed containers can be grown most effectively. Once she decided how to do it, she found a company to make what she considers the best pots for this purpose. They are sophisticated, new-century versions of moss-lined pots with planting holes at different levels, and Crawford has designed one for every place in the garden. Her book bursts with enthusiasm, backed by clear instructions and reader-friendly recipes that will, as she says, "transform your garden."

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