Monday, January 5, 2015

Societies and Clubs

Alright, the holiday season is over and time to get back to the yard. In Charleston yard activities never really go away and that is a good thing. The moles and home invaders (roaches, rats, bed bugs, raccoons, squirrels and mice) are always active as well.

Although there is some cold weather in the forecast, the camellias have had a long run of warm weather and look beautiful. Hopefully, you have had a chance to witness these camellias in your yard, neighborhood, one of the parks or one of the public or private plantations. My New Year’s Day Feast of pork, collard greens, and hoppin john had a bowl of camellias as a center piece that looked fake because it was so perfect. This bowl of camellias was picture perfect and ready for any magazine spread!

James Island County Park (JICP) and the whole CCPRC pulled off another (the 25th) fabulous Light Show. I have been to several different light shows over the years in other towns and none of them hold a candle to JICP. My kids know I love the Light Show, so I think it has become their code word for getting out of the house with their friends and cousins. “Hey Dad, going to the Light Show….” They must have gone 6 or 8 times. Never said anything about the traffic, lights or sand castle and boy, the Light Show closes much later than I remember!

With the new year upon us, have you considered joining an organization that is involved with horticulture? Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society has many Consulting Rosarians and some world class exhibitors that will help you with your roses. With new varieties (there are new varieties other than Knock Outs that are quickly being over used) and long lasting control products that you drench instead of spray, rose growing has become much less time consuming and is still very rewarding. This society is very friendly (I have never been bit), has great vittles before each meeting and has an awesome oyster roast (March 15) at Bowen’s Island. Contact Rosalinda Morgan ( if you would like more information about roses or the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society.

There are many great organizations and garden clubs in the area. Charleston Horticulture Society, Camellia Society, Native Plant Society, Daylily Society, Fruitmania (Jan 17 having a Garden School at Cypress Gardens), neighborhood or regional garden clubs just to name a few. I have been to many of these different societies and clubs and they are all very welcoming to guest and new members.

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