Tuscola Garden Club meets Nov. 20

Nov 12, 2012
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The Tuscola Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20,at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska.  Kerri Rayburn, administrative assistant for the Jackson County Extension Office will present her program “Lavender – Creative Uses for this Favorite Flower.”

Lavender has been used for centuries and across many cultures around the world to prevent and treat a broad range of health issues and to make life more pleasant generally. The essential oils from the plant are quickly absorbed by the skin or breathed in, and are beneficial as an antiseptic and disinfectant, a healing salve for wounds and skin rashes, an effective anxiety and depression reliever, and a healing agent for fevers, aches and pains.

Especially exciting for gardeners are that lavender can also be a lovely part of your landscaping, provided the soil is amended to be slightly alkaline and loosened with a little compost. Once established, the plants are drought tolerant; indeed, too much water can kill them.  In our colder zone-6 climate, lavender can survive the winters if grown in the sun and near a rock wall, which retains heat. Plant them in spring or fall, in a sunny area with southern exposure.  It is also helpful to place mulch around the plants to keep the roots protected from frost.

Visitors are welcome to come and hear Rayburn describe traditional and new uses and benefits of Lavender.  Call 926-6387 for directions or for information about the Tuscola Garden Club.