Illustrated Guide to the Perennial Affair – Next Weekend

I’ve recently enlarged all my garden borders, so I need more perennials.  But that’s not the only reason I’m psyched about the Perennial Affair event coming up June 11 and 12 – there’s also the terrific speakers and topics, which I thought I’d illustrate with photos I happen to have.

First up, here’s Dave Kemon in his world of ponds and the plants that grow in them.  He’ll be giving a kid’s guide to aquatic life – his “Wonderful World of Water Bugs”, during which his inner goofball may make a surprise appearance.  We can hope!  That’s Saturday at 10.  Then at 1:30 he’ll demonstrate dividing and repotting aquatic plants.

Kathy Jentz (L) and Susan Reimer (R)

A special treat for readers of Washington Gardener Magazine is a talk by its editor/publisher, Kathy Jentz.  Saturday at 2 p.m. she’ll talk about Gardening in Small Spaces.  (I’ve seen her garden and it is indeed small.)   And another garden writer, Susan Reimer of the Baltimore Sun, will give her fun and informative talk about Gardening on the Internet at noon on Sunday.

Lisa Winters, and assorted groundcovers

Saturday at 10 a.m. Homestead’s own Lisa Winters (Anne Arundel County Master Gardener and coordinator of the kitchen garden at the Governor’s Mansion) will tell us about Groundcovers that work in all sorts of growing conditions.  She thinks outside the ivy, so DO take notes!   Lisa takes the microphone again on Sunday at 10:30 to cover a topic that’s important to anyone with not just a garden but maybe a job, a family, a life?  That’s Low-Maintenance Gardening, of course, which even us avid gardeners can benefit from because we like to minimize the drudgery in order to make time for the fun parts of gardening.

Rita Calvert

For all you cooks and cook wannabees, Rita Calvert (co-author of Grassfed Gourmet Fires it Up! and food blogger for Homestead Gardens) will give one of her popular cooking demonstrations.  That’ll be at 12:30 on Sunday.

Clockwise from upper left: Asters, Hellebores, Daylilies and Black-eyed Susans

And there’s three more talks about perennials, like Education Coordinator Gene Sumi‘s talk about the Maintaining the Perennial Garden at 1:30 on Sunday.

Gene Sumi

Kara Crissey, of Good Earth Gardeners will tell us about Native Plants – why they’re important to include in the garden and her recommendations for some of the best.  Her talk will be Saturday at 11:30.

And I’m sorry I don’t have a photo of Homestead garden designer Tasanee Mack, who’ll be demonstrating Cooking with Daylilies at 1:00 on Saturday.  This I’ve gotta see – and hopefully taste!

Sounds like a terrific line-up, and we hope to see you there!  Here’s the schedule in chronological order.

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