Garden Journal

Tall, slender and exotic: The American Bamboo Society’s Southeastern Chapter will host its second annual Bamboo Festival at the North Carolina Arboretum on Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The event will include a lecture series, demonstrations, crafts, plant sales and a raffle.

The Bamboo Festival is free; however, there is a $6 fee to park at the N.C. Arboretum. For more information call the arboretum at 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Catching on: After selling 400 rain-barrels in the month of May alone, the Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County are hosting another sale.

The 80-gallon barrels cost $110. Orders must be placed by July 25; barrels must be picked up Saturday, August 2.

For more information, contact Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.  Order forms can be printed at buncombe.ces.ncsu.edu.

Primetime gardening: Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Service agent Linda Blue will host her popular “Growing In The Mountains” lecture series on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in August, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville. The talks are free. Individual sessions will cover everything from planting a fall vegetable garden to maintaining a healthy lawn.     

The deep end: Reems Creek Nursery in Weaverville is hosting a water-gardening seminar on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 10 a.m. 

Water-gardening expert Marc Montell will discuss pond design and construction, fish selection and care and tips for growing happy water plants. The event is free, but registration is suggested. Call 645-3937 for more information.

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