October 17, 2009. One of my favorite fall bright spots come from the blueberry bushes I have planted in a perennial border and those growing naturally in the woods surrounding my home. Native blueberries are wonderful replacements for the potentially invasive burning bushes (Euonymus alatus) planted along highways throughout Connecticut in so many yards – even in mine which includes one closely watched ‘Compactus’ variety planted a long time ago. Now, when I seek burning red color I plant blueberries, like the low-bush variety in the photo.
Learning what is and is not native is an increasingly important part of gardening. The Connecticut College Arboretum, located in New London, is sponsoring a day long seminar for homeowners interested in using more New England native plantings around their homes.
Speakers and topics include:
- Dr. Doug Tallamy on how diverse collections of native plants provide food for insects and birds,
- Stephanie Cohen on underused native perennials,
- Laura Eisener on native vines
- and Robin Wilkerson on native alternatives to invasive plants.
While not free – $70 for the general public – this fee includes slide presentations and lectures on the topics above, a continental breakfast, lunch, two breaks, and as usual, the chance to speak with presenters and purchase books. If interested in this Saturday, November 7, 2009, 9 am to 3:30 pm seminar, you must register by October 30. See the seminar brochure for registration information.