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El Jardin to open

The opening of El Jardin - a Latino garden at Riverbanks Botanical Garden - is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday.

Admission to the opening is free; enter on the West Columbia side of Riverbanks.

The opening will feature a selection of works by Edgar Allan Poe. These works are presented in collaboration with the USC Arts Institute as part of The Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The opening also includes three local Latino poets - Lucia Vega (Peru), Julia Vargas (Colombia) and Ivanovish (Mexico) - who will share poetry inspired by Poe, as well as other personal writings.

El Jardin offers a taste of the elements in a typical Latino home garden. This garden aims to increase awareness of the gardening differences throughout the Americas. It was developed as an educational tool to highlight the beauty and inspiration of Latino culture in South Carolina. The garden also serves as a venue to showcase artistic creations by local Latino artists.

This new garden is part of the Discovery Garden at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

GET READY TO SWAP

The Columbia Garden Club's annual Fall Plant Exchange is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Forest Park Shopping Center (home of the Piggly Wiggly) at 4711 Forest Drive.

If you have plants to exchange, label them in pots or plastic bags. You can bring perennials, herbs, trees, shrubs and rootings from your shrubs. You do not have to bring a plant to take some home. A botanist and a master gardener will be available to help with plant identification.

Information: columbiagardenclub.com

FALL TO-DO LIST

Fall is finally here, and there's no better time to plant.

Here's a list of chores for October and November from the Midlands Master Gardeners Association Calendar and "Month-by-Month Gardening in the Carolinas" by Clemson's Bob Polomski.

OCTOBER

- Now is a prime planting time for cool-season grasses. Daytime temperatures should average 70 degrees and evening temps 50 degrees. Water daily until grass is 1 to 2 inches high.

- Harvest pecans.

- Plant container and balled-and-burlapped trees and shrubs. When transplanting, keep roots moist. Water newly planted trees and shrubs well before and after planting.

- Plant pansies and winter annuals.

NOVEMBER

- Apply fertilizer to cool-season grasses before Thanksgiving. Water well after fertilizing.

- Set out asparagus any time from now to early spring. Plant fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries and bunch grapes.

- When fruit trees are bare of fruit, carefully prune all water sprouts. Support branches loaded with fruit to prevent damage from high winds. Keep ground cover under pecans mowed.

- Plant evergreens and spring-flowering trees and shrubs.

- Finish buying and planting hardy winter annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

- Set out decorative cabbage and kale. Cut back mums to within a few inches of the ground after they have finished blooming.

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