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Monthly meeting Tuesday March 10 – guest speaker Mike & Judy Garner on Conifers. Social time begins at 6 pm, business meeting at 6:30 and the lecture at 7 pm. The lecture is free and open to all adults. We meet at TCAT 740 Hwy 46 (across from Lowes).
Jason Reeves is the Curator of UT Gardens Jackson. Jason grew up not far from the West TN AgResearch and Education Center on a farm in rural Carroll County near Huntingdon, Tennessee. As a college student, he interned at the Opryland Conservatories in Nashville and the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. He received his Masters in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from UT in 1999. After school, Jason worked at the famed Longwood Gardens, the former estate of Pier DuPont (of the chemical company) near Philadelphia. He also traveled to New Zealand, where he worked and lived at Paloma Gardens for four months. Recently, Jason was named Contributing Editor at Fine Gardening magazine.
Jason’s major projects at this Research Center include developing the grounds, improving the plant collection, and conducting research on herbaceous and woody ornamentals. This year Jason has expanded his elaborate bottle art exhibit constructed for Summer Celebration in 2014, to now include more than 7,000 bottles! He will also lead a tour of top-performing annuals and perennials that attract butterflies.
Members should arrive at 6 pm on Tuesday February 11th for an add-a-dish meal, followed by a brief business meeting.
The lecture is free and open to the public (adults only, please) and will begin at 7 pm at TCAT Dickson 740 Hwy 46 S (across from Lowe’s). Parking is down the drive to the right as you come in the main entrance.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-375-6675.
By Maryann Readal
To quote author Judith Sumner in the preface to her new book, Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II, “The war could not have been won without rubber, but the same might be said about wheat, cotton, lumber, quinine, and penicillin, all with botanical origins.” In her book, Sumner documents many of the plants that were critical to World War II efforts on all sides of the battlefield. Indeed, her research is exhaustive in that she covers not only the military uses of plants but also civilian uses as well by the major countries involved in the war.
As the war disrupted supplies of plants needed for medicine, food, and manufacturing, governments had to look for alternatives. Some were successful in growing tropical plants and food crops on their own soil; some began to look for chemical alternatives. A chemical synthesis of quinine…
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“Miss Fennel, Miss Fennel, why you look so lovely today, with that white skirt, soft emerald green blouse and that mushroom hat beautifully arranged with yellow umbels”, said Mr Bee, busy in his work. “Well a lady has to keep herself looking good you know, she should never allow herself to become shabby, even in […]Fennel — The Herbarius Notes
This may seem to be three months early, or an entire season out of season; but this is when bare root forsythia, Forsythia X intermedia, gets planted. Even so, the smaller of new bare root plants will bloom with only a few flowers early in their first spring, so will not produce their famously profuse […]Forsythia — Tony Tomeo
We have suggested the notion that most plants don’t like being saturated or sitting in moisture which is true although there are a handful who do. These plants were intended for water and need to be submerged in it. Often known as oxygenating plants, these plants keep unhealthy algae and weeds in abeyance. Certain plants […]Marginal Plants — ZOE FURNISS
If you want to learn how to draw a flower, a rose will be an excellent subject, even if it may seem a little frightening in the beginning. In this video tutorial, I’ll reveal you how to draw a rose the simple way, step by action, with a distinct method that is easy to keep […]How To Draw a Rose — overtreviews
Our goal is to create a sustainable garden, so our seed crop needs to be as extensive as our food crop. Seed harvesting is a simple process, though growing plants for seed requires a different approach. While many plants produce adequate seeds without extra effort, many require you to designate a portion of your garden […]Blog Seed Harvesting, Part 1 — The Little Farm in Town
By Pat Greathead
Now here is something for you to do when you have a free minute or two over the holidays. You can unscramble these herb words for a chance to a win a prize!
The first person to email me (email@example.com) with the correct answers receives a very nice gift from The Herb Society of America’s Thyme and Again Gift Shoppe.
Contest ends at midnight on December 31. Answers will be posted on this blog on January 1.
(If you have completed this scramble before, please do not enter this contest!)
With sincere wishes that your holidays are truly merry and magical.
Pat Greathead is a very active Life Member of The Herb Society of America and the Wisconsin Unit. …
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