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September 16, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Vernonia for Every Garden: Section B

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The genus Vernonia, commonly known as ironweed, is an often-overlooked aster relative that has tremendous horticultural potential. Vernonia ranges from compact and tidy plants to towering behemoths topping out at over 13 feet in height. Sam Hoadley, Mt. Cuba’s Trial Garden manager, will be your guide through the trials, sharing how Vernonia is evaluated to determine horticultural value and performance, disease resistance, and pollinator preference.

This program takes place in-person at Mt. Cuba Center on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Another section is being offered on Thursday, August 31, 2023.

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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