Perennial Fun in Raleigh This Summer by Allen Bush

I love the Perennial Plant Association’s (PPA) summer meetings. I’ve only missed a handful over thirty-five year. The PPA will meet this summer in Raleigh, NC from July 30th—August 3rd. Fergus Garret, Head Gardener at Great Dixter will be a keynote speaker. He’s good. If you don’t believe me, read what Susan Harris wrote about Fergus, after hearing him in Baltimore a few weeks ago. Other speakers (20 +) include garden designer Richard Hartlage; Ron Gagliardo, Sr. Manager of Horticulture Services for Amazon; iris breeder Kevin Vaughn; Judith Jones, owner of Fancy Fronds Nursery; Larry Mellichamp, retired Professor of Botany & Horticulture & former Director of the Botanical Gardens at UNC-Charlotte; Christian Kress, founder of Sarastro-Stauden Nursery in Austria; George Coombs, Mt. Cuba Center; Anne Spafford, Assoc. Professor of Landscape Design at NC State Univ.; and Annabel Renwick, Sarah P. Duke Gardens. The tours include some hot spots I always enjoy visiting, including Tony Avent’..
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