Middle South

March, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

S.C. Midlands Master Gardener Symposium
"Southern Garden Memories," a symposium sponsored by the SC Midlands Master Gardener Association, will be held on Thursday, March 18 at Columbia Conference Center, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featured speakers will be Bryce Lane, television host of In the Garden; Jenks Farmer, Curator of Moore Farms and owner of LushLife Nurseries; and Andy Cabe, Botanical Garden Director at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The event also offers vendors and a silent auction. Registration fee of $60 includes lunch. For additional information, visit the Web site at www.scmmga.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Mahonia
I have to admit, I'm a sucker for mahonia, an imposing shrub that commands attention with its holly-like foliage and its racemes of bold yellow flowers that sprout from the center of the plant sometime between late fall and early spring. Best selections for the Middle South include the Mahonia x media hybrids. Although they've been around since 1957, these hybrids have become more widely known and appreciated in just the last ten years. The most popular and smallest cultivar is 'Winter Sun', which grows 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. The slightly larger 'Hope', also an excellent selection as well as an early bloomer, is often in full flower by Thanksgiving.

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