Fall gardening seminar to be held Thursday

Published 11:07 am Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Possumhaw, Lions Ear, Winterberry…what do these things have in common? They are all names of traditional, southern plants that many people may have forgotten, but when reminded of their historical value, hold a special place in the hearts of many.

It is all too common for the occasional gardener to run to the nearest super center, or hardware store, to find and purchase the latest variety of specialty roses, the fancy, blossomed potted plant – the trendy flower-of-the-season.

For many, the serious gardeners, however, there is a preference to fill their gardens and flower beds with plants that are true to the region, have an historical background, and fits the more traditional heritage of the deep south.

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Old rose varieties that date from 1860 or earlier, also referred to as antique roses, are again finding a well-deserved place in modern gardens.

These “survivors” are often found in cemeteries, old homesteads, abandoned lots where households once flourished. These varieties happily grow with little or no care from human hands.

These vintage roses are tougher and more resilient than modern roses that were produced mainly for cut flowers or exhibition purposes.

In addition to the nostalgic rose, gardeners are returning to the historically favorite fruit trees and shrubs.

Pomegranates, figs and blackberries are finding favor in the local home gardens. These favorites are enjoying renewed interest in popularity.

To learn more about this trend in local gardening, the Alabama Rural Heritage Center will be having their annual Fall Gardening Seminar on the campus of the old Marengo County High school in Thomaston on Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The professionals from Petals from the Past in Jemison will be providing their expertise to those in attendance.

The $15 fee for this seminar includes a nice lunch, and many of the varieties of the vintage plants will be available for sale following.

For more information about this seminar, feel free to contact the Alabama Rural Heritage Center, (334) 627-3388, or e-mail ruralher@frontiernet.net.

The Heritage Center is located at 133 6th Ave. in Thomaston.