What's Wrong With My Plant?
I just discovered a great new book that will help gardeners identify and remedy insect, disease and cultural problems in their food and ornamental gardens. What's Wrong With My Plant (And How Do I Fix It? by David Deardoff and Kathryn Wadsworth (Timber Press, 2009, $24.95) is subtitled A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies and it is just that. Easy-to-follow flow charts walk the gardener though descriptions of symptoms to reach a diagnosis. This is followed by a detailed sections on what to do to address the problem in a safe, environmentally responsible way. And finally there's a great color photo section of all kinds of plant problems. Deardoff is a plant pathologist and botanist; Wadsworth is a garden writer and photographer. Together they have created a valuable resource for both beginning and experienced gardeners.
Shows & Events
Constructing an Environmentally Engineered Home and Landscape
On March 22 at the Wellesley College Campus Center in Wellesley, Massachusetts, landscape historian and designer Marie Stella, of Kirin Design Enterprises, will give a lecture on the process of building an energy efficient, sustainable house and integrating it with a responsibly managed landscape. She'll talk about ways to promote harmony between art and technology, including rain gardens, buffer zones, green roofs and green architecture. Sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum in collaboration with The Garden Club of Back Bay and Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture. Fee is $15 for members; $18 nonmembers. For more information or to register, go to www.arboretum.harvard.edu/adult_ed or call 617-384-5277.