Slide Show: Horticultural Slumming in NC
Star anise (Illicium) breeding at NCSU is producing beautiful plants with larger, more upward-facing flower and purple-tinted foliage.
Many southern native plants are incorporated into the perennial gardens on the property, including outside the hothouse.
This is what we spent most of our time doing – bending over examining plants. Geeks, like I said!
A few days ago, I joined up with three fervent plant nerds for a horticultural romp in the Raleigh, NC area. My plant-loving compadres were Dan Heims (President of wholesaler Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, OR); Kelly Norris of Rainbow Iris Farms in Iowa (also garden writer, plant breeder, botany graduate student and all around genius-child at the tender age of 22) and Bob Pries, avid plant col...