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Gardening symposiums

The theme of the 20th Anniversary S.C. MIDLANDS MASTER GARDENERS ASSOCIATION GARDENING SYMPOSIUM is "Southern Garden Memories." Topics will include pass-along plants, critters (good, bad and missing), fragrance, cost-effective gardening and using tmethods of our ancestors.

Main speakers are Bryce Lane and Jenks Farmer, both nationally recognized experts in gardening. Lane is a lecturer and undergraduate coordinator with the Department of Horticultural Science at the North Carolina State University and host of "In the Garden" television program on UNC TV. Farmer is the curator and designer of Moore Farms, one the most horticulturally sophisticated private gardens in the state, and an owner of Lushlife Nursery.

Other speakers include Bill Patterson of Roses Unlimited, Andy Cabe of Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden and Richard Hager of Monticello Gardens.

Plant vendors also will have plants, art and other garden items for purchase.

When/where: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 18. Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Ave.

Cost: $50 for S.C. Midlands Master Gardeners Association members and $60 for nonmembers.

Pre-registration is required. Registration forms must be postmarked no later than March 1. Registrations will not be accepted on the day of the symposium. Make checks payable to SCMMGA and send to: Symposium Registration, c/o 2010 SCMMGA Symposium, 111 Park Court, Lexington, SC 29072.

Information and registration forms:;; (803) 520-7437

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION'S 3RD ANNUAL GARDENING SYMPOSIUM, A Natural Pastime: Gardening in South Carolina, will be held March 5-6.

Keynote speaker is Amanda McNulty, co-host of SCETV's Emmy-Award winning "Making It Grow." Other speakers include naturalist Rudy Mancke and Jay Hiers, president of the S.C. Rose Society and superintendent of the Orangeburg parks and recreations department.

The event also includes presentations from leading experts on Southern gardening, workshops on landscapes and tours of historic gardens.

When/where: Events will be at the Clarion Townhouse on March 5 and at the Robert Mills House and Garden March 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Registration: Register for the two-day symposium or a single day. Early registration ends Feb. 26. (803) 252.1770, ext. 33 to download a schedule and registration.

Cost: Prices range from $35-$75 in advance. A late registration fee applies after March 4. Registration will also be available on site.

Edgefield camellia club hosts traditional tea

The Camellia Tea, sponsored by the Edgefield Camellia Club, will be held 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 at Magnolia Dale in Edgefield. Admission is free and open to the public.

Previous teas have attracted people from all parts of the state and beyond and featured more than 225 camellia blooms presented in the rooms of Magnolia Dale, an antebellum home that is the headquarters of the Edgefield Historical Society. The event is a continuation from 1949 when Edgefield was famous for its camellias and blooms were displayed at the home of Joe and Chrissie Holland at their "Camellia Tea".

In addition to camellias, the event includes tea, of course, sandwiches and sweets presented in the style of 60 years ago with silver service and linen napkins.

Attendees are invited to bring their unidentified camellia blooms to be examined by camellia experts.


GARDEN LIKE A MASTER, presented by the S.C. Midlands Master Gardeners Association. All workshops are free.

Late winter pruning. Learn which shrubs to prune this time of year and how to prune to maintain natural shape and preserve blossoms.

6:30 p.m. Monday, Irmo branch, Lexington County Public Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road. Reservations suggested: (803) 798-7880.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2010 at Cayce/West Columbia branch, Lexington County Public Library, 1500 Augusta Road. Reservations suggested: (803) 794-6791

10:30 a.m. Feb., 27, Batesburg-Leesville branch, Lexington County Public Library, 203 Armory Street, Batesburg. Reservations: (803) 532-9223

Orchids: Tropical jewels. Learn the basics of bringing a touch of the tropics to your home.

10 a.m. Friday, Cooper Branch, Richland County Public Library, 5317 North Trenholm Road, Reservations suggested: (803) 787-3462.Information/workshop schedule:

Volunteers needed

The Swan Lake-Iris Gardens Visitors Center in Sumter has an established docent program. A docent training program will begin March 4 and will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon each Thursday through March 25. After training, docents will volunteer on an as needed basis and provide history and information about the park, gardens and wildlife for scheduled tour groups. Volunteer information: (803) 436-2640. Registration deadline: noon March 1.


Magnolia Plantation & Gardens Winter Garden Festival features an expanded garden of ancient camellias featuring more than 20,000 camellia japonicas. Visitors can take guided tours of the garden throughout the festival, which ends Feb. 28.

Some of the oldest camellia varieties in the world have been planted in the garden, says Tom Johnson, director of the gardens and facilities at Magnolia. The gardens at Magnolia are known as the oldest in the United States and the last large-scale, romantic-style gardens in the country.

Magnolia Plantation is on S.C. 61 in West Ashley. Information: magnoliaplantation.comSouthern Spring Home & Garden Show.

The Southern Spring Home & Garden will be held March 3-7 at The Park (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart), 2500 E. Independence Blvd., in Charlotte.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 3, 4 and 7; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 5 and March 6

The show will feature expert speakers and celebrities as well as ideas and how-tos for gardeners, do-it-yourselfers, interior designers and outdoor aficionados.Tickets: $10 at the door. Children younger 15, free with paying adult. Advance tickers are $8 be fore Monday.

Information and advance tickets:


Recycle old phone books through March 15 at locations throughout the Midlands. Sponsored by Keep the Midlands Beautiful, AT&T Real Yellow Pages, Local Edge and Sonoco Recycling

Information: (803) 733-1139 or

Locations: Hours vary depending on the drop-off location.

A Recycling Center, 1009 Fontaine Road, Columbia

City of Cayce Public Safety Department, 1800 12th Street Ext.

Blythewood Branch, U.S. Post Office, 401 McNulty St.

Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center, Clemson Road across from the entrance to First Citizens and Regent Banks at the Village at Sandhill

Forest Acres Recycling Facility, 3724 Covenant Road

Fort Jackson Recycling Center, Building 6568 on Lee Road, Fort Jackson, off Imboden Road. Enter the fort through Forest Drive entrance; be prepared to show valid driver's license, proof of insurance and current auto registration.

Harbison Sam's Club, 350 Harbison Blvd.

Lexington County Collection and Recycling Centers, 11 locations

Lower Richland Recycling Drop-off Center, 10531 Garners Ferry Road

Richland County C&D Landfill, 1070 Caughman Road North (off Monticello Road), Columbia

Richland County Public Works, 400 Powell Road, Columbia

Department of Health and Environmental Control, 2600 Bull St., Columbia

University of South Carolina, parking lot at Gadsden and Greene streets.