In the Raleigh area? Helen’s book launch is at the JC Raulston Arboretum Friend’s lecture on February 6th at 7:30PM.I hope you can come… and celebrate!Helen dedicated her book to the JC Raulston!
The book will be in book stores and is also available from Amazon.Make friends with your plants…and Congrats dear Helen!
Many of us are under the Arctic Vortex…
It’s a great time to plan to add interest to the garden… The dead of winter allows our mind to envision a clean slate… to see the bones of our landscape. Plan enhancements to the garden to create a pleasing view from inside…
Snap a photo out the window, print and using tracing paper – draw what you envision… Plants, small wall or man made enhancements…
Or why not sign up for a class?
Many County Extension Master Gardeners offer classes. Check out they the nearest Arboretum, Botanical Garden or Garden Centers. If lucky to be near a University, check their websites, as many run symposiums this time of year…
I remember being accepted into the Wake County Master Gardener Program in 2000. We were given a directory of all the certified Master Gardeners. Reading them all, I perused all the various interests each experienced MG listed. One experienced Master Gardener listed “Hypertufa.” I was clueless!
So imagine my delight when I was paired for my “Phone Hotline Duty” with Amelia Lane. I could barely contain my self and immediately blurted out… “What in the world is Hypertufa?”
Amelia was surprised that these words tumbled through the air, yet in her lovely manner, and soft voice began to explain about how the English gardeners used to re-purpose large troughs from the days of yon and use them to plant alpine gardens. Troughs in more pastoral settings gave way to modern galvanized versions…
The stone honed troughs began to be sought after prizes when the iron horse took over and troughs were not needed in towns, being auctioned off for extraordinary prices to the highest bidder.
In the mean time, there were folks that devised ways to create their own troughs… using porous tufa rock, then later cement, Perlite, and peat moss…
- Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane
Amelia invited me to work with her in the Mixed Border of the J C Raulston Arboretum, where I met Beth Jimenez and the rest of the Border Babes and so began 14 year friendships. Amelia’s Garden was featured on last year’s Garden Conservancy Tour and Beth’s will be featured this year.
Enjoy – living the EntwinedLife
NC Certified Environmental Educator
Garden Conservancy Regional Representative
JC Raulston Arboretum Volunteer