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Places to Visit and Plants to Purchase

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

I can hardly believe it’s been more than a week since I returned from Epcot/Disney World where I gave 2 talks per day for four days, as part of the Epcot Flower and Garden Show.  I enjoyed the challenge of offering gardeners from Florida, as well as those from around the US, ideas and suggestions for designing their gardens and, combinations to try.  And yes, there is magic at Disney even with the plants, it’s the only way to explain Pacific hybrid  delpheniums blooming in Orlando!


The day after I returned to Atlanta I taught a workshop on plants at Scottsdale Farms Garden Center  in Alpharetta, GA.  What a treat!  If you’re looking for a wide selection of choice ornamentals for your garden- check them out.  They also have a lovely café where you can enjoy lunch.  (If you know me, you know that my passion for food is on par with my passion for plants.)  Lots of plants I wanted to take home including a large free standing espaliered apple tree. (A bargain at $200.00) 

Zephyranthes atamasca

On Sunday, April 10, I had the pleasure of visiting the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Alabama with some gardening friends.  This public garden (free, yes free admission) is worth the trip, even if you live farther away than Atlanta.  We spent most of our time in the Kaul Wildflower garden with curator John Manion.  Wow!  This 7-acre oasis was filled with wonderful spring wildflowers and native plants. Highlights on this day included, Zephyranthes atamasca, (Zone 7 to 10)atamasco lilies, Delphenium tricorne, (Zone 5 to 7) Phlox divaricata (Zone 3 to 8)  with lavender blue flowers, and shrubs like Hypericum frondosum (Zone 5 to 8) and Croton alabamensis (Zone 6 to 8) with its distinctive leaves which are silver on the underside.  Native azaleas, stands of royal fern, Osmunda regalis (Zone 3 to 9) and Galax urceolata , (Zone 3 to 7)  an evergreen groundcover,  Coreopsis auriculata (Zone 5 to 8) and native azaleas.  There was also a beautiful selection of Pachysandra procumbens (Zone 5 to 9) with leaves that are much lighter than than the species. 

Rhododendron austrinum, Phlox divaricata and Coreopsis

Iris cristata

Spring Events

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Tomorrow my family and I leave for Disney/Epcot to see Mickey and the gang.   I’ll be speaking at  Epcot at the International Flower and Garden Festival Monday through Thursday at 12noon and 3pm, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area.  If you don’t make it to Disney I’ll be back in Georgia and you can hear me for free at the following locations.

my garden on April 1, 2011- Viburnum macrocephalum, Baptisia, Heuchera, violas and more

April 9 10am-12noon- Scottsdale Farms -  This wonderful nursery in Alpharetta has a great selection of plants and I will talk about  combinations for sun and shade  and, be your personal shopper.  Stay for lunch in their cafe and purchase a copy of my newest book Proven Plants Southern Gardens.

April 16- Habersham Gardens 11am-  Join me at Habersham when I talk about Plant This with That- you have a favorite tree but what shrubs and perennials should you combine with them.  I’ll help you pick out the best plants for your garden!!

Smoke tree and Acer palmatum 'Sangu Kaku' in early April