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June 07, 1996 - Image 94

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-06-07

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ostas, day lily hybrids and
raised flower beds are trends
in landscaping for Michigan
gardeners, according to gar-
den guru Jim Wilson, who'll be dishing
the dirt this weekend at the Meadow
Brook Hall Landscape & Garden Show.
"You get into painting with colors, as
well as growing things, when you're land-
scaping," says Wilson, a master garden-
er, lecturer, book author and former
guest host of PBS's "Victory Garden."
"It's a real pleasure to use hostas and
day lilies when you can complement them
with blue and white flowers and silver fo-
liage," he said.
"The degree of sophistication has in-
creased; people are planting more choice
plants. They don't want just the same old
plants. They want new, better and differ-
ent. There are trendy plants every two or
three years," said Wilson. "In Michigan,
it would be hostas because they grow ex-
tremely well here, plus some of the breed-
ers are based here. Hostas like shade, and
many of the homes now have enough
shade so that hostas can grow."
The Meadow Brook Hall Landscape &
Garden Show, now in its fifth year, is spon-
sored by the not-for-profit Metropolitan
Detroit Landscape Association (MDLA).

"The Fountain Garden,"
presented by R. Rowe &
Associates, is one of 21 on
display this weekend at
Meadow Brook Hall.

Members of the MDLA have donated their
time, labor and materials to enhancing 15
permanent gardens and creating six more
areas on the grounds of Meadow Brook
Hall. The 100-room former estate of Matil-
da Dodge Wilson is listed on both the
Michigan and National Historical reg-
Those wishing to commune with nature,
while picking up great tips and landscap-
ing ideas, can stroll through the 21 pic-

turesque gardens and at-
tend seminars (conducted
by Wilson and others) on
container, herb and water
gardening; native tree
landscaping; wildlife habi-
tat gardens; perennials;
and choosing plants and
gardens to attract birds.
In addition, several Mar-
shall M. Fredericks sculp-
tures will be on display as
well as a special Children's
Garden, the site for face painting, craft ac-
tivities and a miniature maze garden.
What tips does Wilson recommend for
Michigan green thumbers?
"My advice to people when they get past
Memorial Day is to be super careful about
planting — wait until the evening hours
and water thoroughly and faithfully for
the next three days.
"Also, people are going toward drip or

trickle irrigation (kits are generally avail-
able) as opposed to sprinklers. Attach the
`leaky hose' to the faucet and serpentine
it through shrub and flower beds. This
method drips, not sprays, into the soil and
doesn't wet the foliage. You use less wa-
ter and you don't get the plant diseases
that come from wet foliage." ❑


e Show hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri-

ay and Saturday, June 7 and 8; and
0 a.m.-6'p.m. Sunday, June 9. Semi-
will. be held at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.ra. daily (no 5
m. seminar on Sunday). Admission
7 per person at the gate; $3 for chil-
i) 6-12; and free for children under
king. Meadow 13rook Ilan is
ear I-75N and Exit 79 (Uni-
Drive). Its entrance is south on
ams Road. For more information,

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