Middle South

September, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

True Country Fair
The Fourth Annual True Country Fair, sponsored by the Organic Growers School, will be held September 25 and 26 at the Big Ivy Community Center. The Fair will feature vendors of local, organic, and sustainable products and resources from around the Southeast. The event also offers more than 60 workshops on all aspects of sustainable living, a children's program, and live music. Entrance fees are $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, visit the Web site at www.organicgrowersschool.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Sweet Autumn Clematis
You can't find anything prettier than sweet autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora) in late August and early September, when it puts on a blanket of fragrant white flowers so thick that it looks like snow. Native to Japan, this deciduous perennial vine is easy to grow and vigorous, reaching 15 to 20-feet in a year. It makes an excellent privacy screen, is ideal for arbors and fences, and can even be grown as a ground cover. Best of all, deer don't like it, but butterflies do. This species prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. Keep an eye out for seedlings, however, or it can become a pest.

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