Years ago, Suzi Ferguson had a great enclosed flower garden on the West Side. It was beautiful and filled with natural blossoms. She passed along some Red Hot Poker plants (Kniphofia uvaria) that I enjoy in the garden near my deck. Are there any great English-style gardeners out there?
"Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made; By singing: -'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade." - Rudyard Kipling, The Glory of the Garden
Invasive plant seminar
Ohio State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Meigs County Commission are presenting a seminar titled "The Silent Invasion: Ecological & Health Threats of Invasive Species" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27 at the Meigs County Extension Office, 117 E. Memorial Drive, Mulberry Heights, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769.
If you are interested in learning to identify and control the spread of invasive plant species on your property, contact Harold H. Kneen, county extension educator, at 740-992-6696. Here's what the seminar's focus will be:
"A silent invasion is taking place in our precious forests, meadows, and wetlands. Little by little invasive plants are out-competing native plants as they vie for nutrients to survive. The list of invasive species is growing at an exponential rate. These invasives arrive in cargo containers from abroad either as seeds, roots, or plants. They also are brought into this country intentionally by nurseries that sell them to unsuspecting gardeners who are delighted by the flowers and foliage, but are completely unaware of the ecological havoc these plants can cause in our native ecosystems.
"Attempts to eradicate these invasives will always be hampered until the public is made aware of the damage caused by them. One solution is to begin using native plants as substitutes for these invasive species. Native plants are not only extremely ornamental, they are also well-adapted to the growing conditions in which they will be placed, requiring little or no irrigation, needing no fertilization and requiring no insecticides. The use of native plants lessens the destruction of fragile ecosystems that are inundated with chemicals as the result of too much irrigation and use of pesticides and insecticide."
Sara Busse is a Charleston resident and master gardener. She may be contacted at sjbu...@gmail.com.