'Perennials for Shade' workshop July 16

Article Published: Jul. 7, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The High Country Gardening community outreach series at Appalachian State University presents "Perennials for Shade" Saturday, July 16, at the Department of Biology Greenhouse.

The class will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Interested parties may register by e-mailing (meyerja@appstate.edu) or calling (828) 262-4025. While there is no fee for the class, optional registration fees are accepted to support greenhouse activities.

The greenhouse is located at 333 Dale St., directly across from the State Farm parking lot. Parking is available on Dale Street or in the large State Farm parking lot.

This free workshop on shade gardening with hardy perennials is led by Jerry Meyer, biology department greenhouse manager. Meyer will explore plants that thrive in low light conditions.

The focus will be on the selection of beautiful, winter hardy perennials and native wildflowers. Meyer will offer tips on shade gardening and discuss planting, care and long-term maintenance.

Participants can also ask questions about their property's shady environments.

The biology department's conservatory boasts nearly 700 species of tropical, subtropical and temperate plants from around the world. It is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Conservatory tours for groups are available upon prearrangement.

The next plant sale will be held during the first week of fall classes.

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