Guests to bring native azaleas for show and tell
, 2015

Guests to bring native
azaleas for show and tell

The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at noon Thursday, April 17, at Wicomico Parish Church Hall, 5191 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway.

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From left are Lindy Johnson and  J. Jackson.

The Azalea Society of America president J. Jackson will present an overview of propagation techniques for native azaleas.

“There are many ways of growing native azaleas from seed and we try to improve production methods with each passing season,” said Jackson, who founded Appalachian Native Plants with his wife, Lindy Johnson. “For example, we’ve constructed an energy-efficient greenhouse with public and private sector partners that produces seedlings ready for the ‘liner’ market in as little as six to eight months.”

Appalachian Native Plants is in Johnson County, Tenn. Its mission is to  preserve native ornamental and woody plant species while creating jobs in the nursery, agricultural and landscaping trades.

“J. and Lindy are bringing 300 small native azaleas that Appalachian Native Plants grew from seeds collected by Jeff Wainscott and me in the Fall of 2012, “ said past president Nick Ferriter. “We’ll have a potting up workshop immediately after his presentation. Volunteers are asked to bring their own trowels, and gloves if desired. We’re providing the pots and potting soils.”

Visitors are welcome.  Attendees are reminded to bring a brown bag lunch. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available.

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