November Meeting UPdate!

George Butrus, Linwood Arboretum

The November 3, 2015 meeting was packed with great information about plants and planting on our little island by the sea. Our presenter George Butrus, Linwood Arboretum & Lang’s Garden Center,  shared Seashore Gardening insights, information, and some aha! moments.

George’s Tips! GeorgeButrus

Most of us have had some experience with the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy…the damage a storm can do to our plants. Weather forecasters warn us early enough…so,

George says

  • If you know a storm is coming saturate the ground prior!
  • Pines drop second year needles in the inside in the fall, so don’t worry about the browning…

We need to think about and change our ways of planting. Consider…

  • Red Cedar
  • Native plants
  • Rose of Sharon, hardy Hibiscus—both are salt tolerant
  • Bradford Pears are probably the most over-planted tree along the coast. There is a fungus disease that hits leaves; they are becoming fertile, bearing fruit, and choking out the red cedar! Lang’s Garden Center hasn’t carried them for some time…
  • Impatiens also have suffered from fungus…choose New Guinea Impatiens, instead…
  • Goldenrod
  • Butterfly weed
  • Plant in the FALL; best time for the seashore
  • Use Organic compost, mulch
  • Explore herbs—they love the seashore environment
  • Some of us may like Instant Garden, but…
    • Starting out smaller is better so plant can adapt to new environment
    • Choose a 1-2 gallon vs. 5-7 gallon pot

Crape Murder

Guilty, your honor! While cutting back your Crape Myrtle doesn’t harm it, George has seen many crape myrtles repeatedly cut back to the same spot…thus, producing knuckle-like starting points for the next year’s growth…referred to in the industry as…Crape Murder! So, perhaps, next year you might consider pruning your beautiful Crape Myrtle at a different spot!


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Have a question about a plant?

Get a smartphone, snap a picture and text it to George!

And finally…Where have all the honey bees gone

  • Growers are using genetically engineered seed to thwart weeds resulting in fewer honey bees…

Informative, inspiring, enjoyable…a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Thanks, George!


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