Middle South

January, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Joy of Gardening Symposium: Magnificant Gardens
The York County Master Gardeners will host their annual Joy of Gardening Symposium on Saturday, February 26. This year's event, Magnificent Gardens, will be held at Baxter Hood Center, York Technical College, from 8 am to 3 pm. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Richard Ludwig, television host of GardenSMART, and three concurrent sessions will cover a variety of topics. Registration of $48 includes lunch and is due by February 14. For more information, call (803) 324-9777 or visit the Web site at http://www.yorkmg.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Layering
Layering is one of Mother Nature's ways of propagating and also one the easiest ways for gardeners to make new shrubs, because the mature plant continues to supply food and water to the "layered" branch that will soon become a new shrub. To use the technique, find a low-growing branch on a shrub you would like to propagate, and scoop out a shallow trough under the middle of the branch. Place the branch in the depression and cover it with soil, leaving several inches of the branch's growing tip above ground. Then place a stone or brick on top to keep the branch in place until autumn, when the now-rooted branch can be severed from the mother shrub and moved to a new spot. Layering is most successful in spring, when shrubs are growing vigorously. Easy to layer favorites include viburnum, spirea, mock orange, hydrangea, daphne, and blueberry.

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