Middle South

December, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Callaway Gardens Annual Southern Gardening Symposium
The 26th Annual Southern Gardening Symposium at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, will feature an outstanding group of garden experts, including Dick Bir, Mike Francis, Tovah Martin, Jason Powell, Vincent Simeone, Shawn Walls, and Norman Winter, with programs Friday through Sunday, January 27-29. Registration of $245 includes all programs and materials plus Friday's opening reception, Saturday's meals, and Sunday's breakfast. Pre-event workshops are available on Friday for an additional fee. For more information call (800) 225-5292 or visit the Web site at www.callawaygardens.com.

Favorite or New Plant

Dwarf Golden Mop False Cypress
Conifers with unusual shape or color make terrific container plants, especially in winter when pickings are thin. Dwarf 'Golden Mop' false cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Mop') has both, offering golden thread-like foliage on weeping branches. The shrub holds its color best in full sun but will tolerate part shade, as well as some drought. In general, however, it prefers moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. The growth rate of the plant is slow, making it a good choice for containers. Mature size is 3-feet tall by 4-feet wide, but size can be controlled with pruning. Be careful to remove branches randomly, however, to preserve the shrub's unique shape.

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