Learn about plants and gardening on Saturday

Posted on Thu, May. 15, 2008

VANESSA WILLIS vwillis@charlotteobserver.com

MATTHEWS — The Matthews Community Farmers’ Market will host a
“Plant and Gardening Day” Saturday.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., market customers can learn about
carnivorous plants, organic gardening, growing day lilies,
community garden programs and more from horticulture experts. There
also will be a variety of bedding plants, herbs, shrubs, tree
saplings and hostas and dish gardens on display.

A seed planting program at 10 a.m. is designed to teach kids how
they can develop green thumbs. It will be led by Jenifer Mullis of
Laughing Owl Farm, and kids will take home their seedlings.

Larry Mellichamp, botany professor and director of the UNC
Charlotte Botanical Gardens, will demonstrate how to make a dish
garden of carnivorous bog plants using Venus fly traps, sundews,
pitcher plants and bog orchids.

Master gardeners from the Mecklenburg County Agricultural
Extension Service will share their gardening expertise and will
have some plants for sale.

Organic gardening expert and writer Don Boekelheide will also
give a presentation.

Matthews resident John Smethurst will talk about how to
hybridize daylilies.

The market opens at 7:15 a.m. on North Trade Street in downtown
Matthews.

Details: www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com or 704-821-6430.

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