University of Mississippi Museum presents gardening series

The free luncheon lectures are each Thursday at noon through April 23 and cover international issues through gardeners’ eyes.
By Errol Castens
Daily Journal Oxford Bureau
OXFORD – Lafayette County Master Gardeners’ series of garden lectures continues at noon each of the next four Thursdays at the University of Mississippi Museum. Subtitled “Foreign Affair,” the series focuses on gardening issues of an imported or international nature. Admission is free, and lunch is included.
This week Dr. David Ingram, Mississippi State University research and extension professor, will address “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” – plant diseases that are spread by hurricanes.
On April 9, Dr. Blake Layton, extension professor of entomology and plant pathology at MSU’s Starkville campus, will present a presentation titled “Swarm.” His lecture will focus on such insectivorous invaders as African bees, South American fire ants and Taiwanese termites.
“East of Eden” is the title of an April 16 presentation by Dr. Carolyn Kittle, author of “Mid-South Garden Guide.”
“She is going to be talking about how flowers and plants follow the same zones all around the world,” said Susan Boehm, one of the series’ coordinators. “That’s how we’re able to grow plants native to China or Europe here in Mississippi.”
Dr. Felder Rushing’s presentation is titled “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Rushing, host of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “The Gestalt Gardener,” will give gardeners a jolt about the way they garden.
“Pursue your present course and face obliteration,” he promises. “The decision rests with you.”
Lafayette County Master Gardeners have partnered with the University Museum for four years now to present the series.
“We try to pick a theme each year of something that would be valuable to gardeners,” said Master Gardener Barry Whitehouse.
For more information, call the University Museum at (662) 915-7073.
Contact Daily Journal Oxford Bureau reporter Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

Errol Castens