Garden Gnome: Identify the weed

Identify the weed

OK, this week’s weed is not really a weed, unless it’s in your flower beds or lawn – by the thousands.


Sure, this little fellow could grow into something that would provide shade, but the millions of dark seeds that it will drop will drive you batty.

Call or e-mail if you know it. We will run the weed identification contest until we get down to a single or at least just a few winners.

So if you guessed last week’s weed was a wild violet and were correct about the previous two weeks, you are a contender.

The winner will receive Backyard Harvest, a year-round guide to growing fruits and vegetables by Jo Whittingham. She is a garden writer with a degree in horticulture and winner of the Garden Writer’s Guild Journalist of the Year award.



The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs is sponsoring Basic Horticulture Sessions against this year. Each session costs $25 and includes lecture, lunch, snacks and a garden tour. Each session begins with registration and refreshments at 8:30 a.m., class from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch, then a tour at 1 p.m.

Registration is limited to about 35 people, and the deadline for registering is 10 days before each session. To register, contact Ginny Allen at (706) 736-6793 or

It kicks off Sept. 10 with J. Scott Smith and Steve Willard on Native plants. There will be a tour of Sandy Run Nature Trail at Fort Gordon.

OCT. 8: Ginny Allen on bulbs, annuals and perennials, and Karen Oliver on perennials for dry shade. Tour of the woodland garden of Karen Oliver.

JAN. 14: Cathy Black, Suzanne Thomas and Laura Sheets on trees and shrubs. Tour of Augusta State University.

FEB. 11: Jacquelyn Rees on seasonal gardening from the ground up. Tour Summerville Wellness Center with Kay Pittman speaking on vegetables and companion planting.

MARCH 10: Judy Sanderlin on indoor gardening and container gardening and Peggy Glover on bromeliads and begonias. Tour of Sanderlin Greenhouses.

MAY 12: Mary Louise Hagler on herbs. Tour of Golden Living Center Augusta greenhouse.

JUNE 9: Mike Sikes on new cultivars. Tour of the Research Center for Applied Nursery Research.


The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs is also sponsoring a Peek-A-Boo Fall Tour of Gardens on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. For tickets and more information, contact Ann Leonard at

Garden stops on the tour:

• A woodland garden with koi pond and designer chicken coop at Henry and Karen Oliver’s home.

• Roses galore at Paul and Charlotte Blankenship’s home.

• A plant lover’s delight at Betsy Ristroph’s home.

• An intimate garden with a serene water feature at Ken and Cindy Dendinger’s home.

• Rose Garden, community garden, walking trails and more at the Gardens of Brandon Wilde, where refreshments will be available.

• An English-style cottage garden at the Evans home of Mike and Betty Crowther.