Garden Journal

Save the date: Asheville-based author Cecil Bothwell will read from his new book, Garden My Heart: Organic Strategies for Backyard Sustainability, at Malaprop’s bookstore in downtown Asheville on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m.

Malaprop’s calls the book “a guide through the seasons and the weeds, with ideas about edible landscaping and vermiculture, backyard ponds and alternatives to the suburban lawn, by a writer with a deep background in environmentalism and green living.”

Bothwell is the author of several books, including Finding Your Way in Asheville and The Prince of War: Billy Graham’s Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire. Currently he is working on a book about his investigation of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford.

To pre-order copies of Garden My Heart, call Malaprop’s at 254-6734.

Colorful visitors: Reems Creek Nursery will hold a seminar titled Winged Wonders: Butterfly Gardening Basics on Saturday, July 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Covered during the talk will be simple backyard habitat requirements, nectar-producing and host plants, and the life cycle of butterflies. The event is free, though registration is suggested. Call 645-3937 for more information. Reems Creek Nursery is located at 70 Monticello Road in Weaverville.

Something sweet: The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Fletcher will hold its 2008 Apple and Peach Field Day on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

The grower-oriented program, which runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m., will include discussions of bloom tillers, thinning, apple rootstock and replanting, peach-cultivar evaluations, phosphorous fertilization and Gala-apple quality, as well the results of disease-, weed- and insect-management studies.

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