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    March 1 – 4: Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, Fairgrounds Nashville. The annual all-indoors garden event that features live garden displays, lectures, vendors, floral designs and special programming Wine Festival featuring Tennessee wines is Saturday (March 3), noon – 5 p.m. For more information on the events and the complete lecture schedule, visit www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.

    April 7: Perennial Plant Sale hosted by the Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee  at The Fairgrounds Nashville. Find newly released and hard-to-find perennials along with a wide range of tried and tested varieties, all from top local nurseries. The sale opens at 9 a.m. and usually sells out by early afternoon. For more information, visit www.ppsmtn.org.

    April 14: Herb & Plant Sale hosted by The Herb Society of Nashville, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at The Fairgrounds Nashville Sports Arena building. The sale offers common and rare varieties of herbs and heirloom vegetables and handmade pottery and herb markers by artist Roy Overcast for sale. For more information and a list of available plants, visit herbsocietynashville.org.

    May 12: Hosta sale hosted by the Middle Tennessee Hosta Society. Proceeds from the sale support the club’s activities. More information about the MTHS is at www.mths-hosta.com.

    May 19: Urban Gardening Festival hosted by Master Gardeners of Davidson County, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden at Ellington Agricultural Center (5201 Marchant Drive in Nashville). The free event includes information about a variety of gardening methods and techniques, local artisans, exhibits, growers and more. For information, visit www.mgofdc.org/ugf.

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One more way to say ‘early spring’

I bought three primroses in February and they are surviving (which is unusual for me!). When do I plant them? I know they like cool temps, but I don’t want to lose them to our unpredictable weather. I also don’t want to keep them too long inside and lose them that way. Do they like shade? – Patty O.

Primroses in spring. Photo by Marilyn Stretch.

So many types of primroses! There are the hybrid primroses sold in grocery stores in winter as gift plants, and the tough and somewhat weedy evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), which grows in open fields and in the gravel along the side of the road. I assume what you’re asking about is one of the many “garden variety” primroses (Primula, is the scientific name) that can pop up in late winter and early spring.

They all seem to be cool-weather plants, so it’s probably a good time to plant them. The American Primrose Society’s site at www.americanprimrosesociety.org shows several varieties. In general, they prefer to grow in light shade, and some are good for woodland settings. They are perennials that thrive in cool, humid air, so they may do better grown as annuals in Middle Tennesse gardens.

I’ve never grown primroses, so I’d love to hear from readers who have and who would like to share your experience. Success? Failure? Feel free to comment.

And… Transplants, the easy way

An early disaster with starting tomato transplants from seeds has kept me from trying again. But now, there may be an easier way. See Turning Toward the Sun: A Garden Journal.

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