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Garden Open House Features New Plants/Landscape Techniques

August 15, 2001

For immediate release LONDON, Ohio - From deer-resistant landscaping to an area featuring five methods of growing tomatoes, several new additions are being featured at Utzinger Memorial Garden, located at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the garden at an open house on August 17 from 9 a.m. until noon. Master Gardeners will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions. The event is free. "The purpose of the garden is a way to show people what they can grow in their own gardens," said Ohio State University Master Gardener coordinator Marianne Riofrio. "We would like to expand its use and availability to people." She said the garden focuses on plants and displays that capture people's interest, such as perennials, fruit trees, ornamental grasses and the butterfly garden. Some of the new additions to the garden include a display of four varieties of blueberries, strawberry plantings and 23 varieties of sweet and hot peppers. An area of deer-resistant shrubs and perennials will also be available for viewing, highlighting such plants as boxwood, northern bayberry, catmint, Siberian iris, spike gayfeather and Russian sage. "The plant of focus this year is verbena, which makes a good groundcover plant," said Riofrio. "We may also have some good fruit production this year, too. People will definitely be able to see apples and pears on the trees. The pear production has been especially good this year." Visitors can also tour the garden during The Farm Science Review, Sept. 18-20, and will be treated to gardening tips and "how-to" presentations throughout the event. The Farm Science Review is sponsored by Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Tickets are $6 at the gate or $4 in advance when purchased from county offices of OSU Extension or agribusinesses. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20. Utzinger Memorial Garden is named in honor of James D. Utzinger, an OSU horticulture professor who created the garden near the OSU airport on West Case Rd. The garden was moved to Molly Caren Agricultural Center in the 1980s.


Candace Pollock
Marianne Riofrio