Celebrate our Public GardensFriday, May 7th is National Public Gardens Day -- sponsored by the Rain Bird Corporation and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). Last year, more than 500 gardens and arboreta celebrated the event. The spokesman for National Public Gardens Day is Paul James – perhaps America’s best-known gardener and my guest on this week’s show. In 1995, Paul created “Gardening by the Yard,” a weekly program that airs on the Home and Garden Television (HGTV) network. Much of the show is shot at his real-life home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (To find a public garden near you, click here.)
to those gardeners among nearly 200 entrants whose names were plucked from the floppy garden hat to receive a baby Arisaema fargesii tuber. They’ve all been mailed. Let me know how they do.
Itch Needs Scratching
Weeds can be a terrible problem, as can any plant in the wrong place. Invasive plants are weeds run amuck. These plants cost billions of dollars every year in losses to agriculture and forestry, not to mention damage to the wild places where invasives push out the native flora. The worst thing is that I still see some of the most problematic plants offered for sale at garden centers and nurseries, for example Vinca minor, Houttoynia cordata ‘Chameleon’ or Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum' (variegated goutweed, above, another pretty plant, which once planted, could spread everywhere and be impossible to eradicate). Have you seen a monster for sale? Please share your thug-sighting-stories – I’ll put some on the air. firstname.lastname@example.org
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