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February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Amsonia for Every Garden (Online)

Amsonia, or Blue Stars plant
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Amsonia, or bluestars, are a rugged, versatile, and endlessly garden-worthy genus that deserve a place in any home garden. Without exception, bluestars are long-lived and provide multiple seasons of interest from their blue flowers in April and May, to their beautiful foliar textures in summer, and striking golden color in autumn. In addition to being exemplary garden plants, amsonia support a variety of early season pollinators, including bumblebees and hummingbirds, and are even host plants for several butterflies and moths. Sam Hoadley, manager of horticultural research, will be your guide through the trials, sharing how amsonia is evaluated to determine horticultural value and performance, disease resistance, and pollinator preference.

This program takes place online Wednesday, February 7, 2024.

About the Instructor:
Sam Hoadley is the Manager of Horticultural Research at Mt. Cuba, where he evaluates native plants to determine their horticultural and ecological values. Sam received his degree in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture from the University of Vermont.

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