Middle South

January, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Greater Greenville Master Gardener Symposium
The 2014 GGMG Symposium, "Crafting the Artful Garden," will showcase three outstanding keynote speakers. Gordon Hayward is a designer and lecturer who wrote for Horticulture magazine for 25 years. Carol Reese writes a weekly gardening and nature column for the Jackson Sun, has served as the Q&A columnist for Horticulture magazine, and contributes to many other gardening magazines. Chris Crowder has been head gardener at Levens Hall in England's Lake District for the past 25 years. Six other speakers will also present concurrent sessions on a variety of topics. The symposium takes place on February 1 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. Cost is $70. For more information go to http://www.greatergreenvillemastergardener.org/html/Symposium.htm.

Favorite or New Plant

Twinspur 'Flirtation Orange'
Diascia 'Flirtation Orange' is hardy annual from Proven Winners that survives temperatures as low as 10 degrees F. Hardiness is not its only good point, however. It performs well in both containers and flower beds all summer long. 'Flirtation Orange' features vibrant coral-orange flowers on a relatively small plant that grows about 12 inches tall and wide, cascading gracefully over the edge of hanging baskets or providing a punch of color for the front of a butterfly garden. A favorite of bees and other pollinators, its unique shade of orange mingled surprisingly well with many colors, especially burgundy.

Native to South Africa, diascia is commonly called twinspur for the two prominent spikes that protrude from the back of its dime-sized flowers. Closely related to the familiar snapdragon, it likes regular moisture and afternoon shade in hot climates.

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