Monthly Archives:February 2012

Mercer Greenhouse Tour

Webmaster post on February 28th, 2012
Posted in Cool places we found, Gardens we saw

Today members of local garden clubs were able to tour the greenhouses where Mercer grows plants for the gardens and for March Mart. The Mercer staff was kind enough to take time to show us around and answer questions about plants, propagation and new and cool things to expect at this year’s March Mart.

Mercer March Mart Preview
Mercer March Mart

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Plant Study Salvia guarantica ‘black and blue’

Webmaster post on February 17th, 2012
Posted in Plant Studies

salvia black and blue

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Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Salvia
Species: S. guarantica ‘black and blue’

Black and blue salvia is a semi-woody perennial. Also known as blue anise sage, this plant is native to Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina. It gets 3-5 feet tall and just as wide. The flowers are tubular, dark blue in color with a purple base. This plant likes full sun to partial shade, with some protection from the afternoon sun in the summer. It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and makes a beautiful addition of blue flowers to any garden. Drought tolerant, it makes an excellent plant for our region.

Propagation Methods: Cuttings and layering
References: Plant Answers ; Dave’s Garden; Plant Encyclopedia
Photo: used with permission of

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Feb. Meeting

Webmaster post on February 14th, 2012
Posted in Meetings

This month’s meeting featured a talk by NGC Master Judge Margaret Sinclair “Making a Creative Abstract Design”.

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