Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NEW Garden Workshop: All About Lavender

This Saturday, September 29th, we will be in Winston Salem for an exciting NEW Garden Workshop entitled "All About Lavender". This free workshop will be presented by Sandra Sarlina, our farm manager and will take place from 10:00 am till 11:00 am at the Single Brothers' Workshop on 10 West Academy Street.

Before and after the workshop, we will be selling our products as well as lavender plants for fall planting. We will have several varieties including Grosso, Silver Anouk, Provence, Munstead and French Fringe. Fall is an EXCELLENT time to plant lavender!

And, we have discovered that Grosso is one of our overall favorites. This plant is a hybrid of the cold hardy English (Lavandula angustifolia) and heat-tolerant Portuguese lavenders (L. latifolia) and therefore performs very well in our Zone 7 climate. 'Grosso' has a deep aroma and large, beautiful flower heads. The flowers are a vibrant violet/blue color that tend to shimmer in the sunlight. 

According to the Herb To Know: Lavender 'Grosso' Plant article written by Caleb Melchior in the August/September 2011 issue of the Heb Companion, "It has a more elegant habit than English lavenders, with long, graceful flower wands making a vast lilac halo around the central mound of silver foliage. It’s heavy-flowering, with sporadic repeat bloom after the main flush of flower in midsummer. When not in bloom, plants of ‘Grosso’ make compact mounds of silver foliage to 3 feet high and wide. In winter, the foliage picks up tones of pink, violet and blue. With its strong globe shape, ‘Grosso’ is particularly attractive for geometric plantings."

This free workshop is sponsored by the Old Salem Museums & Gardens Department of Horticulture. This museum celebrates the history of this unique Moravian town through the preservation and restoration of the picturesque buildings, gardens and landscape.

Please call 336-721-7357 for more information or to pre-register.

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