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Monday, April 4, 2005

Nabb Center Hosts 'Garden Heirlooms' Workshop April 22

SALISBURY, MD---Silver bells, cockle shells and pretty maids in a row… How does your garden grow? To aid area green thumbs in cultivating their favorite flora, Ginny Rosenkranz and Laura Romaneo present “Garden Heirlooms: Understanding Your Garden’s Horticultural Roots” 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. The workshop is in Room 190 of the Power Professional Building at the corner of Wayne and Power streets. Heirlooms, or antique plants, are those which result from plants that have been pollinated by insects, hummingbirds or wind—referred to as open pollination. They are so named because of the similar or identical characteristics shared with their parent plants. During the workshop, Romaneo and Rosenkranz talk about heirloom species that are native to the area and those that have acclimated to it. They discuss and demonstrate proper methods for transplanting, rooting and seed saving with both types of plants. Romaneo, an expert in the fields of organic agriculture and ethnic vegetables, has written articles for Wicomico County Agriculture. She is acting agent and county extension director for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Worcester County. Rosenkranz acted as faculty extension assistant for Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. She is currently a Master Gardener coordinator and an accomplished horticulturalist. Rosenkranz also has published articles for Wicomico County Agriculture and has an online work titled “Production of Lisianthus as a Cut Flower” as well. Sponsored by the Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, the public is invited; however, reservations are required. Attendees can either bring their own plants or use workshop materials at cost. For more information or including reservations call 410-543-6312 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.

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