Gardening Partners

of Dickson County


Tennessee Tree Day

Tree Day is still on for Saturday March 21st. The trees have already been delivered to the warehouse so we will be handing them out as planned. We will take precautions. If you ordered trees and don’t feel comfortable picking them up, please contact us for special arrangements. If you volunteered and don’t feel you can make it, just let us know – you will be excused without comment.


February Meeting

This month Gardening Partners is very pleased to host guest speaker Jason Reeves giving a lecture entitled “Garden Heroes”

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 gpdc471@gmail.com or 615-375-6675.


Plants Go To War – A Book Review

The Herb Society of America Blog

By Maryann Readal

To quote author Judith Sumner in the preface to her new book, Plants Go to War: A Botanical Plants go to war coverHistory 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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Fennel — The Herbarius Notes

“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


Forsythia — Tony Tomeo

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


Marginal Plants — ZOE FURNISS

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


How To Draw a Rose — overtreviews

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


Blog Seed Harvesting, Part 1 — The Little Farm in Town

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


Holiday Herbs Word Scramble

The Herb Society of America Blog

By Pat Greatheadholiday herbs

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!

Holiday word scramble prizeThe first person to email me (patherbs@frontier.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!)

  1. neip
  2. sabli
  3. decra
  4. eru
  5. wye
  6. esor
  7. yiv
  8. gaes
  9. intm
  10. aby
  11. lolyh
  12. mtyhe
  13. yaeplsr
  14. eacitts
  15. yamtscor
  16. dalgmiro
  17. lemtry
  18. sepycrs
  19. ooxbodw
  20. tteeilosm
  21. smorreay
  22. mowwdroo
  23. aalldnceu
  24. jamorram
  25. tlaanions

With sincere wishes that your holidays are truly merry and magical.

Hugs, Pat


Pat Greathead is a very active Life Member of The Herb Society of America and the Wisconsin Unit. …

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