Worry not, aspiring gardener cursed with a black thumb. There are plants rugged enough to endure your lack of green skills. And today, you can learn all about such plants—as well as get a mini lesson in literature.
The Idaho Botanical Garden will present an installment of its 2012 Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in the Meditation Garden. The event has two titles: Pioneer Garden Plants for the Contemporary Garden, or What We Can Learn From Willa Cather—evidently so you can focus on either the gardening or the lit aspect.
The American author gained quite a bit of notoriety for her novels—including My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop and O Pioneers!—which involve mentions of the gardens of pioneers/homesteaders, who probably had a harder time cultivating greenery sans modern conveniences.
Mary Ann Newcomer will talk about the rugged plants that served prior generations, which can be used in today's gardens as well. The lecture is FREE for IBG and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members, as well as children younger than 6. Nonmembers can get in for $5, $3 for seniors and $2 for youth ages 6-12.
The lecture series will continue Tuesday, Aug. 14, when Priscilla Wegars presents Chinese in Idaho: Bogus Basin. Visit IBG's website for more info.