Upper South

February, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Colonial Williamsburg 65th Annual Garden Symposium
Treat yourself to learning how to create beautiful gardens that reduce maintenance yet benefit the environment while also enjoying the plants, functional designs, and history of Colonial Williamsburg at the annual Garden Symposium held April 10 and 11, 2011, in Williamsburg, Virginia. There are a number of speakers, including floral arranger Suzy Bales, "perennial diva" Stephanie Cohen, landscape designer Denise Greene, and Morris Arboretum Director Paul Meyer, sustainable gardening expert Joe Lamp'l, and Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. This symposium is one of the most delightful events you'll ever attend, so put it on your bucket list. For more information, go to http://www.history.org/history/institute/Images/Web2011CWGS.pdf.

Books

Growing Fruits Organically
For anyone who wants to go beyond a few token fruit trees or other plants and raise them organically, Michael Phillips' The Holistic Orchard (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012, $39.95) will be your go-to book for years to come. The seminal work rooted in a lifetime of organic orcharding experience, The Holistic Orchard offers a new approach to orchard design and care, weaving in information about soil science, holistic health, and permaculture. The book delves into details about choosing the best varieties for your climate, a step-by-step instructional calendar, and extensive profiles of a wide variety of fruit. Phillips does not offer quick or easy answers, but spending time studying this book and implementing the practices offers the opportunity to change your approach to gardening and food.

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