Garden Journal

At play with DNA: Dr. Randy Gardner of the NC State University’s Department of Horticultural Science is conducting a study comparing the production of two heirloom tomatoes with two new heirloom-type hybrids he developed. The public is invited to have a look at his results on Monday, Aug. 27, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain Research Station, 265 Test Farm Road, in Waynesville. The tomatoes were grown in four production systems: A conventional system using synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, and insecticides; the Brandt ClawEl Organic System using their newest OMRI approved products; the Leek Organic System utilizing Serenade and Neem; and a control using no fungicides or insecticides. Need more temptation? The free event includes a tomato taste-test, a light dinner featuring tomatoes, and a presentation on how to grow trellised heirloom tomatoes and organic products. Contact Jeanine Davis or Laura Duffie at 684-3562 for more information.

All’s fair: The Asheville-Buncombe County Master Gardeners will host two Flower and Garden shows at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, Sept. 7-16. The shows will feature entries in dozens of categories, including perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs, cut foliage, flower arrangements and container water gardens. Entry dates are: Standard Flower show on Thursday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cash prizes and ribbons are awarded to top winners.  There are youth categories (ages 6-19) as well. For more information, contact Buncombe County Extension at 255-5522 or visit www.mountainfair.org and click on competitions, Department C, Flower and Garden.

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About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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