Shows & Events
Midlands Master Gardener Symposium
The South Carolina Midlands Master Gardeners Association is hosting their annual symposium on March 15 at the Columbia Conference Center, 8 am to 4 pm. This year's event, "Gateway to Gardening --Branching Out," features Ken Druse, author of Planthropology: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites; Ted Stevens, owner of Nurseries Caroliniana; and Jim Martin, Executive Director of Charleston Parks Conservancy. Concurrent sessions and an array of vendors complete the program. Registration fee of $65 includes lunch. For more information, visit the Web site at www.scmmga.org.
Tool or Gardening Product
If you're looking for high-quality heirloom seeds adapted to the heat and humidity of the Middle South, take a look at Heavenly Seed, located in Anderson, South Carolina. This company's 2012 catalog, which can be viewed or printed from their Web site (www.heavenlyseed.net), includes both organically grown and open pollinated varieties, as well as those developed by agricultural experiment stations and the US Department of Agriculture.
As an okra lover, I can personally vouch for Choppee. This heirloom okra, grown for the past 150 years by the Jacobs family of Georgetown and named after the Native Americans that once populated the area, has excellent flavor and doesn't harden as quickly as other types.