To register, call the Clay Center at 304-561-3570.
If you're looking for a late-summer bloomer, look no further than the Japanese clethra (Clethra barbinervis). Depending on how it's pruned, it's either a multistem shrub or a single-stem small tree, slowly reaching 15 to 20 feet. In July and early August, the tips of the branches yield a pendulous, 5- to 8-inch-long flower with small spikes alongside the main bloom. The flowers are fragrant, loved by butterflies, and last a good three weeks.
In the fall, the plants in full sun will be bright red, or, in the shade, yellow. And, it's got great bark so it's good in winter, too.
'Gardens of the Mon'
The West Virginia Botanic Garden Inc. is presenting the 10th annual "Gardens of the Mon" self-guided tour of private gardens in the Cheat Lake area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25, rain or shine. Master Gardeners will be available to assist with plant identification and horticultural questions.
Tickets are $10 through June 24 and $15 on the day of the tour. Children 12 years and younger are free with an adult accompanying them. Visit www.wvbg.org for ticket sale locations. Contact Linda Bagby at 304-599-5676 or lba...@wvbg.org.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.