Favorite plants and potted gardens

2013-04-13T05:00:00Z 2013-05-01T16:21:25Z Favorite plants and potted gardensBy MINNIE MILLER, T&D Garden Columnist The Times and Democrat

You are in for a real treat when you attend the upcoming OCtech Home & Garden Symposium. Mark your calendars now for the two-day event, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7-8, and be sure to pre-register by May 1.

This year’s speakers are going to get you so motivated to dive into gardening. Here is a peek at what Tuesday’s two speakers will share with you.

You will be delighted with Orangeburg native Ruthie Lacey’s presentation “Spring Container Gardening.” She will actually be putting some “spring” into your step when it comes to feeling confident about creating dazzling pots of plants that will work for you throughout the year.

“I am going to talk about some great plants that work together and cohabitate nicely,” Lacey said.

Lacey’s casual demeanor will put you at ease when it comes to knowing that you can succeed with plants. She will talk about maintaining what you create and how to switch out various plant material or develop plantings that will take you through all the seasons of the year.

“I use all kinds of plants, even some houseplants for the summer containers,” Lacey said. “I love using herbs and edible plants as well.”

Lacey and her designs have been featured in Southern Living Bridal Guide and Columbia Metropolitan magazines. She is a pro at event planning and will give you a wealth of ideas to use for daily life and special events as well.

We all have our favorite plants, but Joan McDonald, who will be Tuesday’s afternoon speaker, is going to introduce you to a few more you won’t want to garden without. Her presentation, “10 best Plants For 2013,” will cover her favorite choices for dependable, useful and utilitarian plants. McDonald will show you how to marry beauty and function when choosing plants.

“I pick my favorite plants by their utility in the garden,” McDonald said. “I like plants that are useful in many ways and low-maintenance.”

Nasturtiums are one of McDonald’s favorites.

“They grow well around here, though you have to pay attention to the proper planting time,” McDonald said.

McDonald said there are numerous varieties of nasturtiums available, either in seed or plants. The plant leaves, stems and flowers have a spicy, peppery taste. McDonald likes to prepare the blooms by stuffing them with a filling, and she pickles the seeds for use as a substitute for capers.

As part of McDonald’s presentation, you will also be treated to a demonstration of how to make a living or succulent wreath. She will show you how to use chicken wire and sphagnum moss to make a frame and how to insert the succulent cuttings. She will cover how to keep your beautiful wreath healthy and thriving as well.

For more great gardening ideas, see McDonald’s blog at http://charlestongrit.com/joan-mcdonald.

Contact the writer: 138 Nature’s Trail, Bamberg, SC 29003.

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