Master Gardener Connie Smith
Master Gardener Connie Smith shares her gardening secrets
Finalist Container Winners (l to r): Niki Friend, herb/vegetable container; Master Gardener, Connie Smith; Judy Reinshield, flowering container; and Beverly Morningstar, succulent container.
Zanesville, OH, Senior Living
On Tuesday, May 14th, OSU Master Gardner, Connie Smith presented “The Secrets to Successful Container Gardens” at the Zanesville, OH, Primrose. The event was offered free to the community and we kicked-off with a delicious lunch to a full house in attendance!
Connie began the presentation by sharing her plans to create three different containers during her demonstration: an herb/ vegetable combo container, a flowering container and a succulent container (what’s a succulent? you ask. Think of hen & chick plants: those plants that have thick, fleshy, water-storing leaves or stems).
She explained container gardens are actually a very popular choice right now due to many people being limited in their space for putting in a traditional ground garden or flower beds, plus a pinched economy is playing its part, too. But here was the great news for those in attendance: at the end of the demonstration, all three containers would be given away to participants in the audience, courtesy of Primrose which purchased all plants and containers for this event.
As Connie designed each container, she shared with us secret tips to designing great containers and keeping them looking terrific all season long. Tip #1: When placing potting soil in the container add water and mix well before placing the plants in the container. Tip #2: Pick plants that are light- or shade-compatible. A plant that loves sun placed with shade-loving plants will soon fade if the container is placed on a shady porch.
And Tip #3 (her best tip, which also shocked many experienced gardeners): You can put more plants in that container than you think — it’s okay if it looks crowded because the plants will adjust and your container will look full and lush!
To find out more about excellent gardening at Primrose, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!