CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's garden festival time!
As winter thaws into spring, plans are underway for festivals and classes to satisfy all of us anxiously awaiting growing season.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is planning its annual celebration with workshops, exhibits and demonstrations, to be held April 30 at the Culture Center. The tentative schedule:
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Vendors display and sell
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: The Woman's Club will offer a light breakfast and lunch for sale
9 to 10 a.m.: Archie and Linda Snedegar present "Growing Roses Successfully," on how to grow nice roses in your garden and cut them for a nice display in your home, and how to plant a rose properly, correct soil, fertilizing, pruning and disease and spraying.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: John Marra presents "Vegetable Gardening," on creating the perfect garden soil, when to plant, growing your own veggie transplants, fertilizer use and recommendations, weed control, insect and disease control as well as harvesting recommendations and times.
Noon to 1 p.m.: Mary Beth Lind presents "Planting for the Seasons; Eating in Season." Lind is a registered dietitian and nutritional consultant who grew up eating local seasonal foods in the mountains of West Virginia.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Keynote speaker Darrell Trout presents "Award-Winning Plants, Zone 6," a look at plants of special merit for our area, zones 5 to 7. These plants have been selected by a panel of experts, professional landscape designers, nurserymen, garden writers and extension agents. There are a range of plants, perennials, shrubs and trees, all with multiseason interest and many that solve particular challenges.
Trout trained at the New York Botanical Garden and then worked there in the rock garden and in the propagation greenhouses. His writing has appeared in specialty journals Rock Garden Quarterly, American Horticulturist, American Gardener, Country Living Gardener and others. He formed and is chairman of the Gold Medal Plant Award committee. He is the principal writer of the Miracle Gro Complete Guide to Houseplants 2009 and was technical editor of Ortho's All About Houseplants.
Call Pat Cowdery at 304-558-0162 or e-mail pat.cowd...@wvculture.org for information. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.wvculture.org/festivals/GARDENFESTIVAL2011.pdf.