Shows & Events
Speaking of Gardening Symposium
The annual "Speaking of Gardening" symposium for horticultural professionals and enthusiasts at the North Carolina Arboretum will be held Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24. This year's event features garden author and photgrapher Rick Darke, who focuses on regional landscape design, planning, conservation and enhancement; Plant Delights Nursery owner Tony Avent; landscape architect Steven Sanchez; and perennial retail and wholesale nursery owner Sandy McDougle. Cost is $160 for members; $185 for non-members, and includes leactures, lunches, and snacks for both days. For more information or to register, visit http://www.ncarboretumregistration.org/Symposia-C164.aspx.
Favorite or New Plant
'Hillside Sheffield Pink' Mum
One of the most garden-worthy chrysanthemum to grow as a perennial is 'Hillside Sheffield Pink', also known as 'Sheffield Apricot'. An old hybrid Korean mum, 'Hillside Sheffield Pink' produces loads of pale pink daisies with yellow centers on 2- to 3-foot-tall plants. Bloom time is late October.