Monday, March 22, 2010

The Forgotten Annuals and Old-Fashioned Seed Swap


This Sunday, March 28  at 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
i sthe first in our monthly DC Urban Gardening Series:

The Forgotten Annuals and Old-Fashioned Seed Swap

Presented by Washington Gardener Magazine and the Historical Society of Washington DC

Janet Draper, Horticulturist of the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden at the Smithsonian Institution, will discuss: "What Happened to Growing Things From Seed? The Forgotten Annuals." She will describe those wonderful self-sowing and easy-to-start annuals many of us remember from our grandmother's gardens. From Columbine to Nasturtium to Cosmos, Janet will walk us through each flower’s attributes and the best ways to start them from seed.

Janet's talk will be followed by an old-fashioned seed swap. Bring your new, un-used, or self-collected seed packs for a fun seed trading session. Please fully label all your seeds and be sure that none are on the Mid-Atlantic invasive plants list. Be prepared to say a little about the seeds you have brought to trade.

Janet Draper is Horticulturist of the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden at the Smithsonian Institution. For about a decade now, Janet has been refining the Ripley garden and also maintaining the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden plantings, along with the numerous security planters along Independence Avenue. Janet’s training includes what she refers to as her ‘Pedigree’ in Horticulture from Purdue University, but her real hands on training came from internships after college where, she says, the real education began. Her first stop was at Mt. Cuba Center for the Study of Native Piedmont Plants in Delaware, then on to Maryland to learn ornamental grasses and perennials at the nursery of Kurt Bluemel. The next stop for the Indiana farm girl was at the Staudengartnerei Grafin von Stein-Zeppelin (Perennial Nursery of Countess von Stein-Zeppelin) in Germany’s famed Black Forest. She was then accepted to work at the nursery of Beth Chatto, one of England’s Victoria Medal of Honor holders.
(Ages 16 to Adults)
No RSVP required. FREE
Historical Society of WDC
801 K Street, NW
at Mount Vernon Square
Washington, DC 20001
Please take metro.bus/bike/walk - street parking is very limited.

Mark you calendars for future garden talks through November onthe 4th Sunday ofthe month at 2pm.

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