Middle South

February, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Midlands Master Gardener Symposium
The Midlands Master Gardeners Association of South Carolina will host their annual symposium, Footprints in the Garden, at the Columbia Conference Center, 8 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, March 17. Featured speakers will be Steve Bender, writer for Southern Living Magazine, and Felder Rushing, radio host of The Gestalt Gardener. Concurrent sessions and an array of vendors round out the program. Registration fee of $60 includes lunch. For more information, visit the group's Web site at www.scmmga.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Oriental Paperbush
Oriental paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha) is a well-branched, deciduous shrub that produces spicy-fragrant yellow blooms in late winter. The improved cultivar 'Winter Gold' offers its soft yellow flowers in February and displays bluish-green foliage with silvery undertones in summer. The shrub, which grows to about six feet tall and perhaps a bit wider, prefers humus-rich and well-drained soil, consistent moisture, and light shade.

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