If you live within a day trip of Syracuse, NY, you might be interested in the Spring Gardening Seminar hosted by The Men’s Garden Club of Syracuse and Phoenix Flower Farm. Entitled “Going Native,” it’s being held at the Craftsman Inn in Fayetteville, NY on April 1st. William Cullina, author of The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada and Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants is one of the speakers, and Donald Leopold, author of Native Plants of the Northeast : A Guide for Gardening & Conservation and Trees of New York State: Native and Naturalized is the other speaker. I’ve had a chance to browse their books before and I know they’re both quite knowledgable about this topic: I’m going! More information is here, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this event sells out, so don’t dawdle if you’re interested!
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
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