No, we are not referring to the noxious, tri-leafed skin irritant that is the bane of campers. The ivy in question is not chemically poisonous. Yet in certain circumstances, it can be far more insidious than its caustic cousin. English ivy (Hedera Helix) is a staple in many metro Atlanta landscapes. It is cheap, spreads quickly, has pretty leaves, stays green all winter and thrives in poor soil as well as shade. As such, it is valued as a groundcover where grass won’t grow and as erosion control on slopes. Many also use English ivy as an accent in container plantings.
he DeKalb Master Gardener Association is sponsoring a Spring Garden Tour on Saturday, April 28, 9 am – 5 pm. Three private gardens of DMGA members will be opened to the public. Located in the Brookhaven, Druid Hills, and Dunwoody communities of metro-Atlanta, the three gardens will demonstrate the diversity of gardening styles and opportunities in DeKalb County. More than 100 plants have been dug from each respective garden and will be available for sale onsite. Visitors will have an opportunity to visualize how these plants might be best utilized in a garden setting.
The Azalea Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will be holding its Annual Plant Sale at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church in their parking lot at the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Fairoaks Road on Saturday, April 2. The Church is located at 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur 30033.
The Growers Exchange is introducing the Culinary Herb Garden Kit, their most convenient herb kit to date, to let people choose their favorite flavors based on their cuisine preference. To make herb gardening even more full of life, twenty percent of proceeds from each Culinary Herb Garden Kit supports Plant A Row For The Hungry, a nonprofit organization that shares locally homegrown food with American families in need.
Diane Minick, an educator for 30 years in the biological and environmental sciences and currently owner/manager of Stormwater Landscapes, will present a program on “Native Plants: Their Role in Your Landscape” at the March meeting of the Mountain Shadow Garden Club. Stormwater Landscapes specializes in landscape-based stormwater solutions, including unique erosion control methods, that using native plants and working with the stormwater rather than against it will minimize erosion and allow rain, both heavy and light, to be a blessing not a curse for a garden.
The Cherokee Garden Library will present “One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place,” a lecture by Susan Haltom, Preservation and Maintenance Coordinator of the Eudora Welty Garden in Jackson, MS, on Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m. “One Writer’s Garden” tells the story of one of the South’s greatest writers and her deep ties to the natural world through her garden and the development of American gardening and the trends in early 20th century American life.
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On Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m., DeKalb Extension Service kicks off its 2012 Home Garden Training Series at the Extension Training Center, 4380 Memorial Dr., Decatur. The evening’s topic is Basics of Home Landscape Design. Instructors are Lynwood Blackmon and Sarah Brodd of the Extension Horticulture staff. Whether it’s time to do a new landscape or revive an old one, you need to make a plan.
Karen Lindauer, an avid gardener and active member of the Georgia Native Plant Society, will present a program on “Creating Habitat Using Native Plants” to the Mountain Shadow Garden Club at their January meeting. Following early retirement from the CDC, Karen and her husband moved from the Morningside area in Atlanta to Tucker, where they purchased a house on a nearly 2-acre property.