Whether you are growing all your plants in containers or only one or two special plants, you’ll be sure to learn new ideas and techniques from Hilarie Blevins as she presents the latest talk in the Sandhills Horticultural Lecture Series. “Gardening in Containers” is the topic on Friday, March 27, at 1 p.m., in the Ball Visitor’s Center at Sandhills Community College.

Blevins’ presentation will cover soil composition and plant nutrient needs, pot size and shape, watering and fertilization needs of plants grown in containers, and some of her favorite plant combinations.

Blevins has extensive experience with container gardening, as she is a graduate of the Landscape Gardening program at SCC. She spent five years working at Pinehurst Resort as a grounds foreperson and assistant in greenhouse production. She then worked more than 12 years as a horticulturist at CCNC, where she was widely acclaimed for the seasonal color displays she designed and installed around the community and golf course, as well as for her container gardens, vegetable and herb gardens, and renovations of existing plantings.

Just over a year ago, she returned to the Landscape Gardening program to assume the position of coordinator.

There are many reasons for growing plants in containers, including a reduced risk of soil-borne pathogens, virtual elimination of weed problems, a lower risk of animal damage, the opportunity to put color and plant structure where needed or wanted in the landscape, as well as plant mobility to control sun exposure, temperature and water needs. One well-known local artist plants extensively in containers so she can move them around her gardens to create spots of color where she wants for her paintings.

Registration for the lecture is not required, but seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. The talk is free but the opportunity to donate to support the Horticultural Gardens will be available.

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