Sunday, November 2, 2008

Ellen Hornig, Seneca Hill Perennials, to speak on South African Plants Nov. 5

As part of the Cornell Plantations fall lecture series, Ellen Hornig, horticulturist and owner of Seneca Hill Perennials will speak on "Out of Their Element: South African Plants in a Northern New York Garden," November 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Alice Statler Auditorium, Statler Hall, Cornell University.

From Cornell Plantations' description:

Gardeners are notorious for experimenting with improbable plants. The wonder of it is not that so many plants die in this process, but that so many live. How do plants not only survive, but even thrive, in garden conditions totally unlike the plants' wild habitats? Taking this question as her underlying theme, Hornig will present some of the less likely inhabitants of her garden, the South African species from the Eastern Cape region. She will compare their garden conditions with their wild habitats, offer some possible explanations for her success in growing these fantastic plants in upstate New York, and encourage all gardeners to be more adventurous.

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