Thursday, August 21
Gardeners face unique challenges throughout the south. Harvey Cotton’s book, Easy Gardens for the South, is designed to help home gardeners choose the best plants to create a beautiful and sustainable landscape without having a horticultural degree. Through this lecture you will learn which annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, vines and trees are best suited to thrive in our southern climate of hot, humid summers, periods of extreme drought followed by heavy rain…with a late freeze or two thrown in for good measure. Join us as Mr. Cotton describes the plants that are the easiest to grow, provide the most color and have low water requirements. Putting the Right Plant in the Right Place is the first step in creating a successful, sustainable garden and this presentation will help show you the way to creating a beautiful landscape.
Harvey Cotten has lived and gardened in the South for his entire life. After completing his horticulture degree from Mississippi State University, he worked in both the landscaping and nursery business prior to his current position at Huntsville Botanical Garden in Alabama. Currently he is Vice President & Chief Horticulturist for the Garden where he has worked for the past 21 years. He serves as director emeritus of the Alabama Nurserymen’s Association, is President of the Horticulture Research Institute and past President of the Alabama Invasive Plant Council. Harvey writes a weekly column for the Huntsville Times, and is a weekly guest on the Noonday News television show on the local ABC affiliate.
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