Middle South

September, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Fall Plant Sale at the South Carolina Botanical Garden
The South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson will hold their annual Fall Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. The event features a variety of specimen-worthy plants and natives, including trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, and ornamental grasses. Horticulture staff and local Master Gardeners will be on hand to assist shoppers and answer questions. The sale is open to members only on Friday, 2:30 to 6 p.m., with newcomers invited to join on site for $45. Saturday's sale, open to the general public, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg/.

Books

Gardener's Guide to Tropcial Plants
I've always been a bit overwhelmed and confused by tropical plants, but the Gardener's Guide to Tropical Plants (Cool Springs Press, 2012), by Nellie Neal (NGA's Coastal and Tropical South Regional Reporter), provides everything I need to know. Detailed information on 130 tropicals will help me select the best species for my shady garden, while advice on overwintering will save me oodles of time and money. The easy-to-use guide also provides info on pests and diseases, propagation, container gardening, and design, and it offers plant lists for both specific sites and plant features (such as fragrant flowers or painted leaves). In short, with Nellie's book at my fingertips, I'm sure I'll be able to expand my horticultural horizons beyond the colorful croton that graces my pumpkin display each fall.

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