Speaker: Larry Melllichamp
Those of you who are relatively new to Charlotte (or who have not solved all their garden problems) may not know what a great place it is to garden - mild winter, long spring and fall; geographically close to mountains and coast; near several public gardens and natives nurseries.
You may also not be aware of the problems we have: hot, humid summers with high night temperatures; lots of red clay soil; lack of certain soil nutrients; knowing when to prune; variable rainfall; choosing the best tools.
Larry Mellichamp will introduce gardeners to these and other factors affecting success and offer insight and solutions as part of a four season approach. Participants are encouraged to ask lots of questions and bring plant samples for identification.
Larry Mellichamp is a professor of botany at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he has taught for over 30 years. He is also director of the university's botanical gardens. He has written many technical and popular articles on plants and gardening, appears regularly in the local media, and has co-authored four books, including Bizarre Botanicals: Weird and Wonderful Plants You Can Grow (with Paula Gross). Larry is also a treasured Wing Haven volunteer and currently serves on the Garden Committee.