Signal Mountain Nursery, 1100 Hubbard Road, will preview a new trend called string gardens in sessions at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Reservations are not necessary. Nursery workers will show tips and tricks at no charge. If you want to build your own, $13 will cover the cost. String gardening is based on a Japanese botanical style/art form called kokedama that uses moss and string to contain a plant. For more information, call 423-886-3174 or visit www.signalmtnnursery.com.
Spring arrives in 35 days, and you can bet members of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, District III, will be ready. You can be too.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, the 16 clubs in the five-county regional district will present A Day of Gardening, a series of seminars for all levels of interest and experience. The event will last from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave. in East Ridge.
Organizers say 50-minute presentations will be made at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on topics that encompass various aspects of indoor and outdoor gardening.
"At each time slot, there will be three or four presentations from which to choose," according to a news release. "The topics are varied, and the hardest decision will be which to attend."
The admission fee, $25 at the door, includes lunch of homemade soups, breads, dessert and drinks.
During the meal, Terri Ballinger of the Wild Ones Plant Society will speak on the Cumberland Seed Project, a seed banking effort focused on the Tennessee Cumberland Plateau and Cumberland Mountains region. The ambitious project will preserve germplasm, the living tissue from which new plants can be grown, for uses in long-term ecological restoration and genetic research.
Registration for A Day of Gardening is limited to 125. To inquire about space availability, contact Crystal Rymer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-618-4244.